Make your child an avid reader

It's summer in most of the world, which means kids suddenly have a lot of free time on their hands. Keeping them busy with a book can be an ideal solution, but we live in a time when video games, social media, and TV always win.

Daniel Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia cracked the code, or rather wrote a book about how to entice your child into reading.

Here are a few highlights from the Raising Kids Who Read:


Family values

Willingham recommends establishing the activity as something a whole family does by reading to your children from early age.


On that note, Willingham compares reading to broccoli. Children know that reading is good, as they know that broccoli is healthy, but if their parent is not eating broccoli then why should they.

Simple start

If your child thinks that print is boring, offer them graphic novels.


Put a book in your child's backpack, in the backseat of a car, and even a bathroom.

Screen time

Of course, Willingham also touches upon restricting other activities like screen time and setting an hour a day for reading.

Here you can find a summer reading list for all ages from the Common Sense Media Read more from Willingham