How do I get My Sons to Read This Summer?

Getting boys to read come summer vacation can be difficult. Many will insist they don’t have to read when school is out and others will whine that they need a break from reading. Parents may need to find crafty ways to circumvent typical reading sessions and approach summer reading in a completely different way. 
 
Get Boys to Read by Being a little Sneaky…
Keeping in mind that boys are an active people who are always game for an adventure, one way to get them excited about reading is to make it a sub-activity in a grander escapade. Instead of focusing on the act of reading, focus on a pursuit that appeals to boys and then incorporate reading into the activity.
 

Create a Backyard "Reading" Camp! (But don’t call it that.)
A great way to integrate a love of reading into the blissful summer vacation existence is to initiate “Backyard Camping.” “Backyard Camping” is exactly what it sounds like: camping out in the backyard. Backyard campers need the following:
 
  • A tent
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Flashlights
  • Yummy snacks (optional)
  • Age-appropriate reading materials
 Wait until dusk, then grab your kids and head out into the backyard. Keep the focus on the excitement of camping in the backyard. Get cozy in the tent and pull out a great summertime book: perhaps a ghost story, a wilderness tale, or a book about a wild animal. Enjoy the sounds and smells of the backyard while reading by flashlight. Your boys won’t even realize they’re getting required or encouraged summer reading accomplished!
 
Indoor Camping is Fun, Too!
Don’t have a backyard? Not a problem. Make an indoor tent with sheets or blankets. Turn out all of the lights and read by flashlight.  (Is there anything boys love more than a good hideout?)  This is also a great activity for a rainy day.
 
Here are some great books that invoke the campout spirit:
 
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
 
Do you have suggestions to get boys enthusiastic about reading when school is out for the summer?

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