Keep reading this summer

Keep reading this summer

This summer, we’re sharing top tips to help your child continue reading over the holidays, as part of the Essex Year of Reading. Reading is not only fun, it can also help children to feel confident returning to school.

Try the ideas below and discover the joy of reading together.

  1. Take part in the Reading in Unusual Places challenge. Show off the weird and wonderful places you love to read as a family. Use #ReadingInUnusualPlaces.
  2. Experience Books in the Park on Thursday 11 August. Hear the Gruffalo and Stick Man during special story time sessions. Sessions are free and take place at Thorndon and Weald Country Parks.
  3. Sign-up for a free library card and gain access to thousands of books, e-books and e-audio. Children can also take part in the free Summer Reading Challenge. This involves reading any six library books of their choice.
  4. Set aside time and take turns reading with your child. Reading aloud will also increase children’s confidence.
  5. Try different styles and genres. For children who prefer reading in short bursts, try graphic novels or comic books. These can be quicker and easier to read.
  6. Find books that your child is passionate about. Whether it is sport or dragons, this will get them excited about reading.
  7. Get creative by asking your child to complete a fun task after reading. They could draw a film poster, record and act out their own film trailer. They could even write an alternative ending to a story!
  8. Find books by their favourite celebrity or idol. Lots of celebrities have written books aimed at children and young people. Finding out if your child’s idols have written a book is a great way to encourage them to read.

Last updated 5 August 2022