[Infographic] Holiday Travel: 10 Tips to Keep Kids Reading on the Go

A few weeks back I returned from Social Media on the Sand in Turks & Caicos. One of the things I was excited about learning more about was the amazing work Scholastic is doing. I don’t know anyone who didn’t grow up with Scholastic. I remember getting excited to circle all the different books I wanted to read/purchase/earn. I remember my love of reading as a kid and want to find ways to pass that on to my children, and to nurture it for them through adulthood.

Scholastic_RaiseaRockStarReader_CoverSo when Bloggers Amy Mascott (Teach Mama) and Allison McDonald (No Time for Flash Cards) debuted Raising a Rock Star Reader, published by Scholastic, I was all in! And I was super excited that each of us got to take home a copy. I’m a firm believer that the earlier you can incorporate great habits like reading with a child, the more that child will grow to love and stick with those great habits. This book is full of easy and practical tips and strategies to get your kids reading like “rock stars”. I also love that it gives a laundry list of recommended books by age. And with the holidays coming up, these would make great additions to any child’s reading library.

This book will help busy parents get their child “reading ready.” Published by Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, Raising a Rock-Star Reader, is available today at book retailers and online.  Click here to purchase your copy today!

Check out this awesome infographic which illustrates 10 tips to keep kids reading on the go:

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Some tips from Raising a Rock-Star Reader include:

Activities for holiday travel: Families traveling over Thanksgiving or December holiday breaks can transform travel games into learning opportunities:

  • Clap out family names: Practice syllables by clapping out the names of family, friends, and even pets.
  • Tell popcorn stories: Share little stories using whatever pops into the storyteller’s head. Start the story off with, “Once upon a time, there was a…” and see where it goes.

Fun reading games during holiday vacation : Families who are stuck indoors on cold winter days can try fun reading-ready activities, including:

  • Rhyming “Go Fish”: Play this picture card game to grow children’s vocabulary skills. Parents can create their own cards or download “Go Fish” cards from teachmama.com or notimeforflashcards.com.
  • Write on the walls: Tape paper to the walls, use window markers, or paint the walls with special blackboard paint to create a space for kids to work on fine motor, letter formation, and writing skills. Let kids scribble or paint freely, write giant letters and have fun.

What ways do you nurture a love of reading with your kids?

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  • AC Mims
    November 25, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    These are great tips! One other thing we do with our 6-year old is do a penpal book swap. We partner with other moms and have our kids send each other the books they just finished. My daughter looks forward to getting mail and is more inclined to read the books that her pals send.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      November 25, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      Ohhhhhh I LOVE this idea AC! I’m going to follow suit, thanks so much for sharing!

    • Siobhan (BeFree Project)
      November 27, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      Love!!!!!! I absolutely love reading and started reading to my kids when I was pregnant. And because of my love for reading, I always knew that I would do my best to raise strong readers. Reading has become something they love to do. One tip I’d like to share is, I have my kids take a book with them whenever we’re traveling in the car, which is daily.


  • Jamila
    November 25, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    I don’t have any little ones, but these are some great tips.

  • Allison Jones
    November 26, 2015 at 1:36 AM

    Although I don’t have kids, this is an awesome post. My parents mad sure I read a lot as a kid by offering it before anything else as an activity I could do when I was bored.

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  • Bree
    November 26, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    I dont have kids but I look forward to fostering a love of reading in my future kids. This infographic will definitely come in handy.
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  • kita
    November 26, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    These are some great tips and I know I am an advocate of reading so I love that this is something new and exciting for them.
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  • Antoinette
    November 26, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    I love these ideas. The key is making reading fun so that we raise life-long readers. This post definitely promotes that. Great post!

  • Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green
    November 27, 2015 at 1:57 AM

    Scholastic was such a memorable part of my childhood. I make sure it is a part of my kids childhood as well. My son loves to stalk the mailbox every month.
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  • Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)
    November 27, 2015 at 2:40 AM

    I love these tips. They seem really fun and engaging.
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  • Valerie Robinson
    November 28, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Great post! I am alway looking for ways to keep my kids actively engaged and in love with reading.
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  • Jonna Scott-Blakes
    November 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I absolutely love this, even thought I don’t have any kids lol. But if I did, I’d definitely want to be great readers. These are some great ideas.
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  • Holly
    November 30, 2015 at 1:08 AM

    I have no kids, but I know a ton of people who do. I loved reading and it started as a kid so it would be great to see tons of other kids enjoy it as well.
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  • Tyra
    November 30, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Great tips and love the infographic. I think it’s so great when kids are encouraged to read. So important!
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  • Jaye
    December 2, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    My rugrat will be 22 so those days are long gone for me but I love reading and appreciate parents who work to instill that love in their children. It truly is one of the greatest gifts.
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