Summer Reading Tips: 5 Ways to Encourage Reading After School

Summer is the season to temporarily say good-bye to the school year and begin summer vacation. In fact, many students look forward to that last day of school with anticipation and excitement. Regardless of whether children enjoyed learning during the past school year, summer should still present an opportunity for them to learn while playing.

So, use summer reading as a chance to encourage children to pick a book, novel, or graphic novel. The importance of reading is participating in selecting a book you enjoy. During the summer break, children can still develop their cognitive skills with a few summer reading tips. But summer learning does not have to be a structured curriculum.

One of the reasons for continuing summer learning is to enhance their language skills. By providing motivational reading skills, children will be able to develop more vocabulary and maintain what they learned from before. As a matter of fact, children that are constantly learning, develop skills in language, are better able to deal with stress, and develop their brainpower.

Other studies have shown that being bilingual can actually boost a child’s cognitive skills. But constant learning can only fuel this brainpower. And some of this knowledge can be either through reading story books, participating in summer reading programs, summer activity camps, summer book clubs, music, and other Spanish immersion programs. What are some summer reading tips to motivate children to continue learning?

1.  Create a reward system

Whether it can be for a reading program or disciplinary action, reward systems are the most common motivators for children. They love to collect items such as stickers or stamps for a reward poster. Some community programs even offer prizes such as free books, discounts, and other incentives. But prizes are more than that.

Children feel a sense of accomplishment when they have completed a certain task. They realize reading a particular set of days or hours is a reward. Once children associate reading with positive engagement, any reading develops in a leisure activity. Parents can even laminate or frame the child’s certificate to show the significance of their accomplishment.

2.  Promote new learning

Parents do not have to travel far to educate their children about other cultures and traditions. In continuing to learn during the summer break, parents can select DVDs or books about foreign places to educate children of different cultures.

For instance, children would love to learn how children in other countries play or learn. One day, they can dress in traditional clothing or prepare certain typical foods of the region. For even further learning, parents can try to visit their local museum to learn more – a fun field trip for all.

Many local libraries and online educational resources offer various summer reading programs. These programs are developed to encourage further reading and learning during the summer break.

And some programs are organized according to age group. Storytimes at community centers or local libraries are great motivators for children to learn about new stories. It can even encourage them to select their own book for reading.

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3. Enroll in a Summer Reading Camp or Program

They can even create their own summer book clubs. Whatever ways children spend their summer break, parents need to be involved in their learning. Summer learning can be fun. And children are more likely to be excited to start the new school year.

Parental involvement is sometimes the key motivator for children to learn. When parents read to their children, they are more likely to find reading more enticing and exciting. They are more willing to learn new material.

4.  Start a summer book club

Children will tend to be more active readers when they observe others read, too. Another great summer reading tips are eventful field trips and trips to the local library.

Children can even swap books they already read with other book club members. For even further learning, children can also prepare a dramatic playtime or story. It is a fun way to incorporate reading comprehension and writing.

5.  Involve the whole family

What better way to learn during the summer than with a summer book club? Book clubs are great alternative summer reading tips. They offer wonderful incentives for children to select books, meeting places, prizes for books read and pace to read.

Children learn best when they see their parents pick up a newspaper, magazine, tablet or book to read. Learning during the summer is sometimes a family event more than it is just the child learning by oneself.

Summer can be a great season for children to continue learning. Children participate in their local events such as summer reading programs, book fairs, and summer camps.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.


  1. These are great tips. When my kids were little, they used to get a summer reading list from their school and depending on the teacher they had to write a review about the book they read over the summer for extra credit.

    • Thank you Karina. I always believe that learning never has to stop, not even after school.

      • Sofia on at

        I couldn’t agree more. Everything can be a learning experience and reading is huge. A kid that enjoys reading will be creative and develop many skills that will serve him as an adult.

        • Reading can be a great experience and parents can teach their children so much.

  2. Great tips! I think that is very important to lead by example ’cause if the kids see you reading, then they will be more likely to hit the books too

    • Yes, of course. It’s like that saying monkey-see, monkey-do.

  3. Teresa Garza on at

    Siempre tienes excelentes iniciativas para aprender a motivar a los niños en cuanto a la educación. Te felicito. Educar a un niño implica una gran responsabilidad, gracias por ayudarnos con tus tips.

    • Gracias Teresa, me alegra de que te guste este articulo. La educacion de un hijo siempre es muy importante.

  4. My kids keep going to school in the summer, they definitely need it, however during the summer there are so many topics from which we can learn. I will use your tips in our free time.Thank you

    • Summer doesn’t have to be filled with summer camp and other activities. It can also be a great opportunity to fill the imagination with books.

  5. Same here Karina! My daughter had the same assignment and I am glad cause it kept her real busy. Great tips!

    • How great! I hope your daughter learned lots during the summer.

  6. I “stumbled” this post. Very informative and right on the money!! Gracias.

    • Thank you for sharing this article. I’m so glad you liked it.

  7. Reading is so important, thanks for the great tips. We always read together and love reading about other places. Love the idea to start a summer book club. For us getting rid of the TV has worked wonders, my daughter now comes back from school and sits down to read. 🙂

  8. S. Yissele on at

    Me encanta querida Barbara, muchas gracias por los tips me servirán de mucho.


  9. En esas ando, buscando un programa que mantenga ocupado a mi hijo en lalectura la lectura.

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