Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to Make Your Kids Want to Read

This Summer I started a Summer Reading List with my kids. I was trying to think of a way to get them more excited about books and reading. We have a lot of garage sale books at home, but we've read most of them many times and the kids are getting bored with them.

So I decided to check out our local library and create a book list so the kids could see a concrete list of books we've read.

First, I bought 2 book bags. You can make one easily or buy one to decorate at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I bought Ryan a red crab bag and Emerson this monkey bag. I bought them both from Walmart. Each was only $5.00 in the women's purse department.

Then I bought some small envelope pockets at Joann Fabrics in the teacher supplies section.
I created a little card to fit into the pocket just like you would get at the library. We used it to list all of the books we read on this card.

Then I stapled the pocket to the bag. If you don't want to do this, just put your card in a Ziploc bag and keep it in your book bag.

There you have it, a Summer Reading Book Bag! The kids like taking their bag to the library and picking their books and adding the books to their list.

 If you want to print out your own Summer Reading List Card, you can get it here:


I know Summer is almost over so here is a link to a plain year round reading card.

Have a great end of your Summer and a great year reading!!


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