Raising Summer Readers Tip#18: Travel Tip — For reluctant vacation readers, wrap a book to read aloud for each day of your summer vacation.

photoThis is a twist on the “book advent calendar” idea that I wrote about in my winter holiday post (click here to check that out), where each wrapped book represents the number of days left until the holiday. Here, new books are wrapped, numbered, and packed prior to travel, and then during the vacation kids unwrap one each night (in numbered order) to be read aloud. Pick texts that kids will be excited about upon opening, perhaps include some related thematically to your travel, and maybe mix up the text type to make it more interesting. For example, you might include a fictional picture book, nonfiction picture book, magazine with articles specific to your destination, a joke or tongue twister book, a book of poems, a short chapter book, and even the Sunday comics. While the texts should be new to the child, they obviously don’t have to be bought — “new” books from the library work just as well. The surprise element of the wrapped books and the anticipation of which book will be revealed can help kids to look forward to daily vacation reading. And, the numbering of the books for each day is a fun way to keep track of whether daily reading is actually happening!

Perhaps this “Mystery Book-a-Day” would make for a fun summer vacation tradition that inspires some time for reading aloud while away…

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One Response to Raising Summer Readers Tip#18: Travel Tip — For reluctant vacation readers, wrap a book to read aloud for each day of your summer vacation.

  1. Such an awesome idea!!!! I will totally try this out on my little brother

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