By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian
Have you signed up for our Summer Reading Program yet? We have programs designed for babies to adults. Kids have started to come in and log their reading hours. It’s pretty impressive. So many readers have already reached their 10 hour prize. But there are also a handful of kids who have already read 35 or more hours. I’m so proud of every reader that I’m starting to feel guilty about my own reading habits.
My current reading habits are kind of pathetic. I’ve read two books since our summer reading program has started. Only two. One was The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin. The other was Booked by Kwame Alexander. And the fact that I haven’t been reading much has been bothering me. But it’s not just something that happens to me–it’s known as a reading slump. If you’ve ever found yourself not reading for a while, you might just be in a reading slump. Here’s a few ideas to help get you out of that evil slump.
Listen to an audiobook. You can listen to an audiobook while doing something else at the same time. Audiobooks are especially helpful if you’re busy or if you don’t have time to sit down and read.
Re-read an old favorite. Harry Potter, anyone? Enough said.
Ask a librarian for a recommendation. A solid recommendation can even help you out of a book-mourning period. We also have plenty of book recommendations on our blogs. You could also check out a book from the Monarch, Bluestem and Caudill lists. I did that–I’m currently reading A Time to Dance.
Set goals. I hear a lot of kids talking about how they want to read at least an hour a day to help get them to their prize levels. I should follow their advice. Set aside a specific time, maybe right before bed, to read a little bit every day.
Put the book down. That’s right. Put the book down. If it’s taking you a really long time to finish a book, it might be causing a reading slump. One of the things librarians believe in is that it’s totally okay to abandon stop reading a book if you aren’t into it.
Switch genres. I tend to get frustrated with reading when I read a lot of one genre in a row–usually with fantasy. I read so many fantasy books in a row that I start to crave realistic fiction. I recently picked up The Honest Truth as a change from fantasy and I loved it.
Read with a friend. Talking about a book with a friend can help motivate you to read it. Or, if you’re ambitious, you could even try to start a book club!
Ultimately, it’s okay if you don’t want to read. It doesn’t hurt to take some time away from it. But I know that, eventually, you’ll find a book that’s perfect for you and pulls you out of your reading slump.