Are You Encouraging Your Kids to Read This Summer?

I’ve shared before my concern that children who don't grow up to be readers will not be readers of God's Word. In today’s culture, addiction to video games, movies, TV and social media has drained many young people of the time and interest to discover the virtues and satisfaction of reading. But there’s nothing like reading to feed the soul and enlarge the imagination.

In light of that, I’d like to encourage parents and grandparents to find ways to get kids reading this summer. (A great way to do that is leading by example! Set aside an hour that’s family reading time, where everyone can read on their own or to each other—but no TV, iPad, computer, video games, phone, etc. Nothing electronic unless you’re reading an e-book!)

Also, check out this blog post from Desiring God with 25 ways to help kids love to read.

Speaking of kids reading, I was delighted that Ann Voskamp shared this on her blog

Heaven for Kids / Credit: Ann Voskamp

So I’d left this book of Randy Alcorn’s out by the fireplace and Shalom picked it up. And didn’t put it down. It’s followed her around for days. She came to me and said: “This is the best book I have ever read.” Better than the Little House Prairie books? “Definitely. It explains heaven to me, Mom—it’s my new favourite book.”

Perfect Summer reading for kids: Randy Alcorn’s Heaven for Kids

Well, thank you for those sweet words, Shalom! I am SO glad you like Heaven for Kids! And thank you, Ann, for posting these beautiful photos and the comments about the book.

Please, anyone, I invite you to share (on my Facebook page) any recommendations for summer reading for kids!

Photo credit: Ann Voskamp

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries