Read Your Way Through Summer!

Read Your Way Through Summer!

We say it every summer: Reading is one of the best ways to help kids get ready for school! It is also a great way for kids who are already in school to keep their skills sharp over the summer.

Think about the great times you can spend sitting in the summer sun, a cold glass of lemonade beside you, reading to or with your kids. Set up a family reading challenge to see who can read more books or spend the most time reading!

Try out new types of reading materials!  You don’t have to only read books. There are magazines, newspapers, and graphic novels to enjoy!  And you don’t have to limit yourself to physical books. Listening to audiobooks can also help to boost kids’ reading skills. Check out our list of free audiobook resources for kids.

If you are not sure how to get started on summer reading, check out our infographic for tips on making the most of summer reading. And if you want to work in learning about social skills to your bedtime (or any time) stories, check out this resource on teaching social emotional skills with picture books.

Whatever you choose to read, remember that when we you “read” with kids, you don’t even have to actually read the words in the book for them to gain valuable reading skills. Looking at the pictures, being curious about how the characters might be feeling, making up your own stories, and looking for individual letters or words are just a few examples of reading activities that you can do while sharing a book with your children.

And of course, the most important part is to enjoy your books/newspapers/graphic novels/audiobooks. With all of the possibilities for reading out there, summer will never be dull!

Text: © Kids In Transition to School 2019

Image: © Wavebreakmedia Ltd |

Katherine Pears
Dr. Katherine Pears is a senior scientist at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). She earned her Ph.D in clinical psychology and has worked with OSLC since 1998. Katherine is the principal investigator and co-developer of the Kids In Transition to Schools (KITS) program. Currently, she oversees all the clinical and research activities for KITS. When she’s not in her office, you’ll find Katherine in the kitchen whipping up her latest creation or outdoors hiking a scenic trail.


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