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Mayor’s Summer Reading Club: Tips to Get Kids to Read

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  • Snuggle up to read together to create a feeling of security and confidence with books.
  • Keep books where your child can reach them – everywhere.
  • Encourage your child to explain something they did each day to build narrative skills.
  • Sing songs, read rhyming books and say silly tongue twisters to sharpen your child’s awareness of sounds!
  • Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter’s sound.  Do this on paper, in sand or mud or cut up strips of sandpaper.
  • Bring along a book or magazine any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s office.  Always try to fit in reading.
  • Ask your child questions about the story you’ve just read.  Say something like, “Why do you think Clifford did that?”
  • Encourage your child to re-read favorite books and poems, Re-reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately.
  • Be patient when your child is trying to sound out an unfamiliar word; give him or her time to do so.
  • Take turns reading aloud at bedtime.  Kids enjoy this special time with their caregivers.
  • Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home.
  • Ask your child to read aloud what he or she has written for school.  Be an enthusiastic listener.
  • Children love to hear stories about their family.  Talk about a funny thing that happened when you were young.
  • Take your kids to the library, help them get their own library card, read with them and find ways to make reading special!
  • Read different types of books to expose your child to different types of writing.  Some kids prefer nonfiction books, for instance.
  • Put the book away for a while if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention — books should be fun, not a chore!


  • A. Butler

    These are some great tips to encourage reading and comprehension in young students. In these days of the electronic age, the paperback has nearly become a figure of the distant past, and the television has become children’s source of entertainment. I’ll definitely be looking forward to implementing a few of these as summer winds down as I have to adolescents who’ve been enjoying the school less days of summer, and spending hours watching TV. We’ve definitely explored options such as reading in the car, and we’ve visiting a couple of libraries…

    Speaking of which if you haven’t visit the renovated Polk/Wisdom Branch library in Oak Cliff, it’s definitely a building to see and experience. All in all, this lists should accompany students as they leave and enter school. Props to the Mayor’s summer reading club as it rewards children for completing books,(a couple of years ago, it afforded us the opportunity to see Ringling Bros. at American Airlines.)

    A. Butler
    DRe eMCee – ‘MR. I ATTRACT MONEY!$!’


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