Summer Reading for the Whole Family

Summer Reading for the Whole Family
School quickly came to a close for the year in our area. I don't know about you, but when our kids were young, I was always ready to see the beginning of summer. Summer is that time where life can find its own rhythm and I can read to my heart's delight. Our children loved summer reading, too.

Celebrate the end of the school year with a summer reading bag for each person in your family. This doesn't have to be expensive. Do it on the cheap!! Go to the dollar store and purchase some gift bags of the appropriate size. Each person in the family needs one. Make sure that the bags can hold at least 3 books. While you are at the dollar store, you might want to buy some drinks and snacks to go into the summer reading bags. If they have tiny flashlights or glow sticks, you can get fancy and buy some of those, just for reading outside at dusk.

Buy books that make your family members happy. Complete a favorite series by purchasing the missing books. Find a similar series that complements a favorite series. Get the first two books in the new series. Buy a stand-alone book by a favorite author.

For a child, if a video was made of the book, have them read the book first. Then, watch the video. Discuss the differences between the book and the video. Find out whether they prefer the book or video.

Don't limit yourself to fiction. What interests do your family members have? Find books about their special interests. Do you have a budding philosopher? Maybe you have a husband who likes to tie decorative knots. Does your child have a favorite sports figure? Are you going to travel for vacation? Buy books about that vacation area for each member of the family. Then, share what you've learned.

Does all of this book buying sound a bit expensive? It doesn't have to be. There are still a few used book stores. Thrift shops also have gently used books. If you want a particular title, go online and buy used. These books are a lot cheaper and it keeps books out of a landfill. These used books are often as good as new, and some of them are actually new!

Pack the books, snacks, and any other summer reading fancy items that you've purchased, into the bags. If you are crafty, you can decorate them. Or you could add some markers to doodle with on the bags. Young kids might enjoy using stickers to personalize their reading bags. While this doesn't have to cost a lot of money, make an occasion of giving the bags. These are gifts from the heart-your heart. You have considered your family's likes and interests. The books are a way to bond as a family while continuing to be lifelong learners.

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