5 Ways to Keep Kids Reading This Summer

By Read Charlotte June 11, 2018

1. Find the right books

The American Library Association has recommended summer reading lists for birth through middle school. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools allows kids to access its online reading materials like Raz-Kids, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library has a huge Pre-K through 4th grade ebook collection available online (kids can use their student ID through the ONE Access program.) Parents and caregivers can also sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to receive a free book (ages 0-5) each month and access free online books atTumblebooks and Unite for Literacy.


2. Make time to read with your kids

Spending as little as 15 minutes reading, three times a week, with your child is a way to build their language, vocabulary and comprehension skills. It’s called Active Reading and you can do it anywhere, anytime!  


3. Make reading appealing

Make sure you don’t overdo it. Help motivate your child to read books by making sure books are readily available to them, and then step back.


4. Turn on captions

Every word your child reads counts, even if it’s on the television. Enable the captions when the TV is on this summer to help increase the number of words your kids read.


5. Host a book club

Let your child choose a book and then invite some friends to read it too! Host a playdate that involves discussion about the book and, of course, lots of summer fun.


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About Read Charlotte

Read Charlotte is a community initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to improve children’s literacy from birth to third grade with a goal of doubling reading proficiency from 39% to 80%. Reading proficiency at third grade is a critical predictor of school, career and life success. Children who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Learn more at