With school out for the summer, your kids are probably looking forward to free time, swimming, and spending a lot of time with games, apps, and more online. Getting them to put aside all those fun activities and spend some time reading this summer can be a challenge, but reading is the most effective tool in fighting the “summer slide.” In fact, research shows that students who read over the summer are better prepared for the next grade level than students who don’t. To help you get your reluctant readers cracking a book this summer, Common Sense Media has created a list of six summer reading challenges and resources to support them.

The six challenges are different from the usual “read as many books as you can” that many summer reading programs use. They are:

  1. Read the book(s) before you see the movie.
  2. Find a book your reluctant reader will love.
  3. Have a tech-free vacation.
  4. How fast can you finish the series?
  5. Get ahead for the next school year.
  6. How many essential books have you read?

Each of the challenges comes with lists and guides to help you find the right books for your child’s age, interest, and reading level. Check out the details at Common Sense Media.