Summer Reading with your Child

Originally Posted July 2009
Photo Added July 2014

Growing up, my mom immersed me in a world of books. I’ve had many adventures, learned new skills, explored ideas and (I believe) I became a better person because of my love of reading. I can’t thank my mom enough for all the stories she has read and shared with me over the years. Now I share my love of reading with my son and even though he doesn’t let me to read to him anymore (“I’m not a little kid, Mom“), he does let me suggest books and he loves to discuss the books he has finished. He has just read The Hobbit with his Dad (for some reason he is not too old to read with him!?) and can’t stop talking about it.

Summer Reading!

  • If your child is bored this summer and reading sounds BORING…
  • Get her a library card!
  • Check to see if your library has a weekly read-out-loud program for younger children
  • Don’t limit him to the children book area. Show him other areas of the library that may have books he’d be interested in.
  • She might enjoy read-along books with audio cds.
  • Sign him up with a local library summer reading club to get him motivated.
  • Help your child organize her own “private” summer book club with a friend or two. Have them over once a week or so to discuss the book and have tea & sandwiches
  • Pick out a book and read it with him or let him read it to a younger sibling.
  • Check out a used bookstore. Let her trade in a few books for a new-to-her book.
  • Let him pick out his favourite or find a new book to movie-adaptation or vice versa. Read the book, watch the movie, discuss differences and similarities. Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
  • Have her make their own movie, comic or puppet show based on her favourite book.
  • Host a book swap.
  • Find out if an author is coming to your local bookstore or library for a book signing and/or reading.
  • Check out Summer Reading some summer reading lists:  Summer Reading for Kids, Amazon, Chapters, TD Summer Reading Club
  • Read books by local authors: Alberta: Marty Chan; British Columbia: Linda Bailey.
  • Make or download a bookmark or bookplate: FamilyEducation; Chick Chic Bookmark;
  • Share your summer reading ideas in the comments!

10 Reasons to Read to Your Child
1. Love. Because when you hold them and give them this attention, they know you love them.
2. Encouragement. Because reading to them will encourage them to become readers.
3. Fun. Because children’s books today are so good that they are fun even for adults.
4. Art. Children’s books illustrations often rank with the best, giving them a lifelong feeling for good art.
5. Values. Books are one way of passing on your moral values to them. Readers know how to put themselves in another’s shoes.
6. Magic. Because, until they learn to read themselves, they will think you are magic.
7. Gratitude. Because every teacher and librarian they ever encounter will thank you.
8. Nostalgia. Because it’s nostalgic.
9. Calm. Because, for that short space of time, they will stay clean and quiet.
10. Peace. Because, if you do, they may then let you read in peace.

Used Bookstores in Edmonton, Alberta
Wee Book Inn | The Wee Book Inn has 4 locations in Edmonton, great hours (9a.m. till midnight) and a cute cat at each store! In addition to the huge selection of books, they also offer movies and music. I make them my first stop when I’m looking for or wanting to trade a book. Oh, and did I mention the people who work at the stores are super nice and helpful? If you’re not feeling up to making a trip to one of their locations, you can check out a selection of books at their Ebay Store. Don’t forget to check out the Wee Book Inn website for more great offers and information.

Old Strathcona Books | A nice, quiet store to browse for and to trade in books. Open Monday to Saturday, 10a.m. to 5:45p.m.

Used Bookstore in Penticton, British Columbia
The Book Shop | This is the BEST and largest used bookstore I have ever visited. Whenever I’m in the area, I always make a point to stop in and see what I can find. I can spend hours browsing the aisles and I almost always leave with the book I was looking for, plus an armful more. I have to be be careful though, as I usually have to fly home and have very limited space. I’ve met other customers (more than one!) in the bookstore who have made a trip from the coast (and elsewhere) just to visit this store! If you need help finding a particular book, subject or author there is always a friendly employee who will point you in the right direction and may also suggest other books that may interest you. Check out The Book Shop site to see what else they have to offer and to find out more about this awesome shop.

Buy Books Online – New and used books. Free shipping on orders over $39 for selected new books. – Canada’s biggest bookstore.

Internet Resources
Learn to Read at Starfall |
Teachers around the world use and Starfall high-quality educational products as an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. Parents use Starfall to prepare their children for school, and to support them once they are there. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade. Starfall is perfect for home schooling. Be sure to visit The Starfall Store for low-cost writing journals and books that parallel this website.

Literactive |
Literactive is a provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child’s reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. All the material is available for free from this site but you need to register.

SillyBooks |
SillyBooks invites children to submit their written work, either fiction or non-fiction. SillyBooks publishes all the writing that it receives, and visitors to the site are encouraged to vote for the writing they appreciate most. Each month SillyBooks turns the best piece of writing it receives into a beautifully illustrated and animated flash book that is read aloud by a professional actor. In addition to the material written by children for other children, there are stories and poetry by established authors, catchy animated songs suitable for sing-along, puzzles and games.

Author Jan Brett |
Projects to extend Jan Brett books to Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Music/Art/Drama.

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