But now that those first weeks of summer are over, the excitement of the break is wearing off and you’re running out of ways to keep your struggling reader from spending hours in front of the television or video game screen.
Instead of asking your child to read another book or listen to you read aloud to the whole family, try a different approach: Find a great book that both you and your child will enjoy reading and read it together. Not out loud, but on your own at the same time—sort of like a book club.
Reading a book along with your child can be a great way to let your reader develop his or her reading independence while also giving you a unique opportunity to discuss what your child reads. Talking about books you’ve both read can help you initiate conversations with your reader about important themes or issues. Plus, it’s a great way to show your kids how much you enjoy reading, which in turn helps them develop their own love of reading.
On top of all that, reading a book along with your child is a great excuse to settle down with a good book and enjoy the thrill of a fantastic read. So start your own little book club with your reader today. To get you started, here’s a list of ten Newbery Medal winners that will keep you both busy turning pages:
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
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