5 Summer Reading Tips For Parents

My daughter has taken great strides with her reading this year, and with summer break only a few weeks away I am already starting to think about ways I can help prevent the “summer slip.” The last thing I want is for her to get away from reading and forget how much she loves it. So I have plan to keep my daughter excited about reading, and I want to share some summer reading tips for parents.

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5 Summer Reading Tips For Parents

Great Books – The most important way to keep reading fun is to stock up on books your kids love. I always shop the Scholastic Warehouse sale to load up on books on clearance – usually 50% off and sometimes more. I am also arranging to trade books with friends.

A Library Card – A library card is like keys to the kingdom. My daughter was so excited when she got her first library card. This summer, I plan to take my girls every other week. To make the outing even more of an adventure, we will have a special lunch after picking our new books.

Reading to a Pet – Studies have shown that when children read to pets, their reading skills & confidence improve. Sounds like a great reason to encourage my daughters to read to our dogs. To support literacy Dollar General and Purina are partnering to offer coupons on treats for your pooch, and for every coupon redeemed Purina will donate $1 to the Dollar General Literacy foundation up to $20,000. (See details below.)

Summer Reading Tips For Parents
Summer Reading Incentives – Some kids need a little extra incentive to read. That’s why I love summer reading programs. There are a number of companies that promote summer reading through incentive programs including free books, food and prizes. If you can’t find one that fits your needs, you can always create your own custom reading program to bribe encourage your child to read. 

Make Reading a Family Event – Kids learn by example, so read with them. It is easy when kids need you to read with them, but even as they get older you can read side by side. You can also change up reading by setting up a fun place to read like a simple fort. My daughter read for hours in her reading tent last summer.

Those are my summer reading tips to help keep kids reading all summer. What would you add?

Reading Fort

Do More With Your Dollar

Throughout April you can find printable coupons for top Purina pet products on Dollar General’s website. And as I mentioned, for each coupon redeemed by April 30 $1 will be donated $1 to the Dollar General Literacy foundation up to $20,000. With the Do More With Your Dollar program you get to save money on things for your pet while supporting literacy at the same time. A win-win!

At Dollar General you can find great Purina brands like Friskies and Tidy Cats for your kitty cat friends and Alpo for your favorite pooch. From food and supplies to special treats Dollar General has a great selection to meet your pet needs. 

So go ahead and stock up on these Purina products to me your pet happy, your wallet happy and support literacy!

  • Save $1.00 on one (1) 14lb or larger bag of Purina® Alpo® Dry Dog Food
  • Save $1.00 on one (1) 12lb bag of Purina® Friskies® Dry Cat Food
  • Buy ANY five (5) 5.5oz cans of Purina® Friskies® Wet Cat Food and get one (1) can FREE (up to 50¢)
  • Save $1.00 on ANY one (1) package of Purina® Tidy Cats® Scoopable Litte

I’d love to see pictures of your kids reading to their pets, feel free to show of your pets on my Facebook page so I can see those adorable reading buddies.

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5 thoughts on “5 Summer Reading Tips For Parents”

  1. I like the reading to a pet idea or can even do to a stuffed animal. I think it also helps with pronunciation and maybe even public speaking.

  2. These are some great tips! I fully believe every child should have a library card. Reading to a pet is a fun idea. I’d have never thought of it. I’ll keep it in mind when my grandson is a bit older. Thank-you. 🙂


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