Summer is here! Isn't it crazy! Lazy days at the pool, roasted marshmallows, summer evenings swinging in the porch swing with my husband and a tall glass of lemonade. Ahhhh. I love summer.
One thing our family does in the summertime is to have a Family Book Club. When I first started this, we all read the same book and it took forever and some of my kids didn't like it because they didn't like the book and (gasp!) I had a child who didn't like reading. So I thought and I thought and I thought. (Too much Winnie the Pooh? Haha) How could I make this fun?
So, this is what I came up with and what has worked for our family for the last few years. Everyone gets to choose a book---whatever book they want. From my oldest child still at home to the youngest. And as you can imagine we have a wide range of choices from Captain Underpants to Star Wars to short autobiographies about basketball stars. But that's okay, everyone is reading a book! Hooray!
We each have a week to read our book. (And yes, I read a book, too.) Then, on Saturday afternoon we gather for ice cream and go around the table and discuss the books we read. Each person tells the title, what the book was about, and their favorite parts (and not so favorite parts.)
I've learned a lot about a wide range of books by doing this. I had one of my kids read the How To Train Your Dragon series. So awesome and even better than the movie! I've learned a lot about Michael Jordan and John Stockton and even memorized the little book about this kid who goes to the zoo because that was a particular favorite of a child learning to read. (And they read it every week for a few weeks. Usually we have a no repeat rule, but we made an exception here.) I've also learned a lot about my kids and what they like in a book. It's a really fun way to encourage summer reading and have a lot of laughs in the process.
Do you do summer reading? How do you do it? What's on your to-read list?