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My two middle schoolers are counting down the days until the end of the school year and looking forward to summer where required reading for English class gives way to reading for pleasure. There’s no shortage of good books out there but finding ones that your tween or teen wants to read is the trick. This summer, help your middle schooler rediscover reading for pleasure and prevent the dreaded summer slide by doing any of these 7 things.
7 Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Rediscover Reading for Pleasure
Make a Book List
My 8th grade daughter always keeps a running list of books she wants to read on a piece of paper. It includes books she has heard about, ones her friends have read and recommended, and others she’s spotted in bookstores. Now is a great time to ask your middle school what books they’ve been wanting to read but haven’t gotten to. As summer approaches, revisit the list and have your kid rank them. Put the top 2 on hold at the library, download them to their Kindle, order them from Amazon, or purchase them at a discount from BookOutlet. That way when summer starts, they’ll have books they’ve been wanting to read right there waiting for them.
Start a Series
When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ended, I couldn’t wait to devour the next book and the next book and the next book all the way until the end. The great thing about series, is that once kids are hooked on the first book, they want to keep reading the books that follow! Trilogies are a great place to start but older readers who want a challenge, may like a longer series like Percy Jackson and the Olympians. With 5 books in the series, Percy Jackson continues with another 5-book spinoff series, The Heroes of Olympus.