Does your family have a summer reading plan? Children who read for just 20 minutes a day can see tremendous improvements in their vocabulary, reading comprehension, and other cognitive skills — but what if your child doesn't enjoy reading?
We asked Stand for Children members and supporters to share their best piece of advice for getting kids to read.
Join a reading program in the summer at a local library. Establish a "reading time" at home read short stories daily during that designated time. - Danielle Darcy, Baton Rouge, La.
Get them their own library cards and make weekly visits to the library. Make it a priority and a pleasure, like going for ice cream or swimming. - Maureen McCarthy, Marblehead, Ma.
Set an example. If parents/caregivers read, the children will read. - Susan Singh, Tulsa, Okla.
Let kids pick up comic books, newspaper articles, magazines, etc. Have them look at pictures and tell you about them. Let your child's imagination soar to new heights. All we have to do as parents is to make sure reading materials are accessible. - Keith Wilson, Chicago, Ill.
Help them pick out books they (and you) know they'll enjoy! - Lynn Chase, Spokane, Wa.
Start reading to your kids when they're babies, and read every night before bed! - Claudia Castro, Revere, Ma.
Tell us your No. 1 tip for inspiring a love of reading in kids, and check out the helpful resources below to achieve your own summer reading success!