The summer is a perfect time of the year to explore different genres or types of books. I have created a summer reading punch card for you to give your children. It lists all different kinds of books. The card doesn’t ask children to read one of each type of book. It asks them to read some of them. I want kids to have the freedom to make a few book genre choices.
I have notice during my years as a teacher that some children tend to read the same types of books over and over again. While I rejoice that they are reading, I have tended to encourage them to read lots of types of books. They may gravitate back to their favorite type of books, but this gives them an opportunity to see what else is out there.
Why Summer Reading Should Include a Variety of Types of Books?
- According to Read to Succeed – “Different types of genre books are associated with different amounts and types of language and each will encourage a different dialog or conversation with children.”
- According to the Huffington Post’s article How Kids Benefit from Reading a Variety Books– “More book variety grows their entire world. Your child’s vocabulary will improve. It fosters skill development and a lifelong love of reading for generations to come.”
The punch card mentions that there will be a prize when children have received all their hole punches. This prize could be something small like a bookmark or a big the book of their choice at your local bookstore.
If you have reluctant reader, you could read through each book together or listen to them on CD. The whole idea is to open the door for new types of books to enter your children’s lives.
During the summer I will be sharing book lists that feature each of these different genres. I hope you will stop by to check them out.
If you try decide to take on this summer reading challenge , please leave me a comment below telling me about how it is going or stop by my Facebook page share a book you have read that you loved.