How to keep kids reading in summer

How to keep kids reading in summer

There are 7 comments on the CNN story from Apr 27, 2014, titled How to keep kids reading in summer. In it, CNN reports that:

Looking for great reads for young people? "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures," written by Kate DiCamillo, is the 2014 Newbery Medal winner.

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Spotted Girl

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Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#1 Apr 28, 2014
You don't. Summer is the time to enjoy yourself and get away from the school crap. But it would go a long way if you:

1. Actually write about things kids actually like.

2. Write about things that have importance now, not stupid stuff like some 200 year old whale story.

3. Write using current language written with a US perspective. A bunch of thees and thous, a bunch of obscure British words, etc., are turn-offs to kids.

4. Don't talk down to children. Children know a bit more and are more sophisticated than many condescending, patronizing adults assume. You don't have to speak in baby talk and dumb things down. Even young kids can be taught to refer to things by their correct medical names.

5. Spread the idea that reading is fun. To do that, you might have to spread the idea that individuality and imagination are good and valuable skills, and that there is nothing wrong with wanting to be alone.

6. Put on local amateur plays about what is in the books and get the kids to star in them. Kids may see reading as a chore and not want to do it. So give them reasons to want to read, and if you have to read a script to learn it, that is a reason to read.

7. Get them into hobbies and crafts that require reading. If they want a computer and don't have one, get them a broken one from a thrift store and manuals. They have to do the technical reading to figure out how to fix it. Or the same with gokarts and similar. If they want one, get them a broken one really cheap and let them check out the Chilton's Engine Manuals for it.

8. Be more lenient with children with learning disabilities. I know how hard that can be. If it takes you twice as long to read as others, and to think, and to maintain focus, you won't want to do it.

“Sleep is My Sanctuary”

Since: Mar 14

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#2 Apr 28, 2014
Very good article. As someone who lived and breathed novels for 4 years in college, I can tell you what children want to read and what they don't want to read. When I was a child, I loved to read, so I didn't really need any convincing to hit up the library a few times a week over summer vacation, but most children need a friendly push. Finding a popular topic with a child in particular isn't that difficult. There's a book on everything these days. I personally love 19th century literature like Moby-Dick just because I admire the use of language. It's definitely inspired my current novels in some ways. When I was younger I enjoyed horror novels or choose-your-own-adventure novels. There are even games online now that are basically visual novels. I don't doubt they have some available for children. Words are everywhere.

Spotted Girl

“The Spotted Girl News Network”

Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#3 Apr 28, 2014
Jubilant Sleep wrote:
Very good article. As someone who lived and breathed novels for 4 years in college, I can tell you what children want to read and what they don't want to read. When I was a child, I loved to read, so I didn't really need any convincing to hit up the library a few times a week over summer vacation, but most children need a friendly push. Finding a popular topic with a child in particular isn't that difficult. There's a book on everything these days. I personally love 19th century literature like Moby-Dick just because I admire the use of language. It's definitely inspired my current novels in some ways. When I was younger I enjoyed horror novels or choose-your-own-adventure novels. There are even games online now that are basically visual novels. I don't doubt they have some available for children. Words are everywhere.
Excellent points!

Spotted Girl

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Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#4 Apr 28, 2014
I forgot about the choose your own stories books. I used to love those.
Drilling for the nerve

Batavia, NY

#5 Apr 28, 2014
Two things all of us eventually learn about life ...

1) it goes by quickly, and
2) there really isn't any time to waste.

Idyllic is the only way to describe my summer vacations from school, but looking back on it, what a huge waste of time they were.

Any kid who doesn't maintain a GPA of 3.95 or higher should be in summer school.

Summer reading problem solved.
Jawga Boy

Gay, GA

#6 Apr 28, 2014
First of all,put away the TV'S!

Television has had more effect on our children than anything.

In my younger years, there was no TV, so I checked out books from the library every Friday. We didn't get a TV until 1954.

Spotted Girl

“The Spotted Girl News Network”

Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#8 Apr 29, 2014
TV? That is only the tip of the iceberg. Put about the computers and iPods, iPads, and iPhones.

In jest: Maybe our problem in society is i-Sickness.

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