One of my favorite things to do with my boys is read together. We are well beyond the picture books, but my boys & I enjoyed reading together until they hit their teens. Summer vacation is right around the corner, and me & my 12 year old son have been discussing what books we would like to read together this summer. The older they get, the more difficult it is to find time to read together during the school year due to homework and extra- curricular activities, but we try to carve out at least 15 minutes in the evening of reading a book together. Depending on the book, sometimes this 15 minutes can turn into an hour. During summer break it’s much easier to find time to read together. Most times we find ourselves on the glider on the back patio, catching up on our most current favorite story. Summer usually involves a road trip or two, and reading together in the car has been a hit as well.
Now let me be clear, by reading together, I do mean I read the story out loud. I know, it may seem somewhat juvenile for a middle schooler, but trust me they love it. I ham it up with accents and lots of emotion in my voice. With my oldest & youngest, they sat right next me and read along. My middle guy played nerf basketball while I read away, nonetheless, he was equally engaged in the story.
When my oldest two boys were in high school I would stare at their required summer reading splayed on the coffee table, pretty much untouched. Finally, I picked it up & started reading. The required summer reading can be great picks, although your high schooler may not agree. If you read it too, you can discuss the book with them. Discussion wasn’t lengthy about a book they couldn’t choose, but it was something to share with your teenager & how often does that happen?
The library Community Read events are fantastic book pics to share with any member in your family. So much of our family time together has been swallowed up by devices. Even though we all may be sitting in the same room, individually we have our head down, scrolling through our devices. Put those devices down, pick up a book, read it out loud or share what you’ve read for just 15 minutes each night. Trust me, you will cherish these moments & remember them forever.
These are some of my favorite books I read with my boys:
Here are my favorite high school summer reading pics I read along with my boys: