Summer Reading Tip #9: Think Unconventional!

When we think about reading, chances are we automatically think about books.  It’s only natural to associate books and reading.  But there are lots of other great ways to trick your kids into reading encourage your kids to read.  Give a couple of these ideas a try and let us know how they worked out for your kid.

Board Games/Card Games:
Games are an easy way to motivate a reluctant reader.  A few favorite reading-heavy games are listed below:

  • Apples to Apples:  Family Edition
  • Quiddler
  • Scrabble Junior
  • Scattergories Junior
  • Pictionary Junior
  • The Uncle Wiggly Game
  • The Game of Life
  • Balderdash Junior
  • Boggle Junior
A selection of board games

A selection of the board games available for in-library use.

Teens are invited to play Magic, the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh at our twice-monthly Double Duel.

Online Reading:

The now-famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid was originally published in serial form on the web and the first novel can still be read online.  Or try out something with some local flavor with Spirits of Oz, our first-ever community novel for kids!

Book Cover SpiritsofOz


Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy browsing cookbooks to drool over all those delicious recipes?  But you may not have realized cookbooks are technical texts which expose kids to vocabulary they might not encounter elsewhere.  Bonus:  Besides the obvious outcome of something delicious to eat, completing the recipes helps kids work on their math skills.


Digging in the dirt?  Yes, please.  Have your kids read the information of the back of the seed packets and help make row markers for a fun and easy literacy activity.

Do you have other ideas to share?  Leave a comment below.


Natalie Moreland

Natalie is a Kids Librarian with a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.