Get Kids Reading with 7 Easy and Fun Ideas
If your New Year’s resolution is to get your kids reading more (mine is for myself too!), then I’ve assembled some free, easy and fun out-of-the-box ideas to get kids reading whether they are new to independent reading or reluctant readers.
I also like that these ideas are hands on and unexpected. A full body experience. It’s meant to make kids sit up and take notice. And then hopefully, this giddy feeling will become associated with reading and reading will be associated with a pleasant experience. How about you? Please share your ideas of how you get your kids reading! Thank you!
1) Hold a BOOK TASTING in the library! Book speed dating for the younger set.
I found this idea on Pinterest from the Barrow Media Center. Get a group of kids together and hold a “book tasting.” Select a books to be sampled and provide a menu sheet and pens or pencils. Each kid reads each book for 2-3 minutes and marks the menu sheet of each book with happy face, prozac face, or frowny face. It’s a fun way to have kids try out new genres of books.
Another idea to figure out what books to supply is to ask each child for 2 or 3 of their favorite books and draw from those. Then, at the end of the book tasting, kids who chose a book that was recommended by a friend can get encouragement to read their book choice. I always find that peer-to-peer recommendations are the most persuasive! Read more…
Graphic Novels Get Boys to Love Reading
Research has found that graphic novels address the needs of multiple learning styles, and that the visualizations help readers to understand the story first and the text after.
Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy
My son is an example of how graphic novels help to solidify the concept that reading is fun! This collection of graphic novels are all books he loves.
My favorite graphic novel is the mystery series Max Finder. You have to use both the words and images to solve the short mysteries — about 5 pages each and they’re hard! What are your favorite graphic novels? Please share! Read more…
How to Get Kids Reading with Book Love!
Now that I’ve gotten all three of my kids reading, I realize that they were all reluctant readers at some point. Which made me wonder. Are all kids reluctant readers? Is reading like learning to ride a bicycle? A milestone skill that comes to kids at a different points in their life? And, like learning to ride a bike, if we keep at it as parents, can we get all kids to love reading? Read more…
Kids Favorite Books as Selected by Kids
The finalists for the 5th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages, are in! And YOU, the reader, determine the best kids books! There are books ranging from picture books, graphic novels, early chapter books to chapter books for ages 4 through 10 or grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. Please vote and have your kids vote too! Read more…
I run two book clubs for my kids and participates in a book club for my last kid. My kids say that our book club is their very favorite activity in the entire world. I notice that there seem to be two schools of thought when creating a book club. One version is a parent/child book club that tends to be a little more structured and literary. My book clubs are more along the lines of an organized play group centered around creating interest in reading.
In today’s post I’ll go over:
- Ideas for Books, Activities and Snack
- Easy Kids Book Club Idea
- Over 20 Great Activities from Successful Book Club Meetings built around the book’s theme
Book Club for Kids: Ideas for Books, Activities and Snack
If you are thinking of creating a book club for your child, some advice:
- Defining the group will help alleviate hurt feelings later on. For example, my two book clubs are centered around a group of kids who are all friends from a particular class . My preschooler’s book club is defined by all the kids who will attend the same elementary school one day.
- 4-7 seems to be a good size for a book club. Start smaller if the kids are younger. You can go bigger if you require an adult in attendance for all book clubs.
- Choose a group of compatible kids AND moms (or adults) even if it’s a kids-only book club.
- Length of book club is as short as one hour to as long as a sleepover, but 2 hours is a good general timeframe as book clubs are kind of like a small birthday party.
- For my book clubs, the hosting family chooses the book and supplies it for all the members. For other book clubs, the host mom might buy copies of the book for everyone, but each parent pays her back. If a book club kid already owns the book, it’s one less the host needs to buy. Sometimes the kid chooses the book, sometimes there are suggestions from the organizer to choose from, and sometimes the parent picks the book — it’s all good!
Turning a Reluctant Readers into a Voracious Reader
(Article first published as From Reluctant Reader to Voracious Reader on Technorati and Imagination Soup.)
Can the elimination of book store chain affect middle school literacy? Sadly, yes. The closing of Borders, according to a recent report by media and publishing forecast firm Simba Information will stunt the children’s and young adult publishing market in the U.S.as the industry adjusts to a smaller book retailing footprint. This is because, “On a whole, the children’s/YA market still depends on print books — and a complicated connection between the publisher and the increasingly hard-to-reach reader. Read more…