Try these helpful tips to get the most out of summer reading:
1. Go public
Doing something in the company of others can stimulate our enjoyment of that activity. If reading alone starts to grow stale, take your book out into the world!
Check out your reader-friendly local library. They have colorful, well-planned areas for kids and comfortable seats, so everyone can relax and read on the spot.
When the weather is nice, take your book and a blanket to a local park or go to a coffee shop and join the other readers.
2. Read a book that teaches you how to do something awesome!
In the library or a bookstore you'll find books that teach you how to do magic tricks, design apps, identify constellations, make puppets, write code, or anything else you'd like to learn. Let your imagination fly!
3. Challenge yourself to an occasional "sprint"
When you need to perk up your reading, give yourself a set time (say half an hour) and see how many pages you can read. The next day, see if you can beat that time.
4. Turn off the sound
Sounds from a TV or other electronics disrupt our concentration, even if they're at low volume or coming from another room. When our focus is weakened, we become less involved - and less interested in - what we're reading.
5. Make reading irresistible.
Browse online or in the library for a book series that looks like good reading just for fun. Once you're caught up in a book, you'll find you can hardly wait to get back to the next chapter.
We hope you will do some great reading this summer! Tell us all about it the next time you visit The Literacy & Language Center.