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Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S’mores Night

Use this fun books and s’mores night to encourage summer reading. Do you struggle to make reading interactive and engaging during the summer months? Why not create a  tradition that makes reading fun for the whole family?

This summer my family started a new summer tradition with read alouds and s’mores around our backyard fire pit.Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

A read aloud around the fire has become our favorite way to spend a summer evening. Outside, together with nothing to distract us, surrounded by the sounds of nature (and cows in our case), the warm glow of a fire, and eating delicious s’mores while we read together. Its magical how everything melts away except the story weaving around us.Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

Zenni Optical, makers of on-trend, affordable, and quality eyewear for the whole family, also wants to encourage families to enjoy reading together, so we’ve teamed up to help make reading fun for the whole family. In fact, there is a $50 Zenni Optical gift card giveaway at the end of the post!Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

To enjoy a Books and S’mores Family Night simply build a campfire, add chairs, gather s’mores fixings, and grab a great book the whole family will love.Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

S’mores are easiest over barely flaming coals, so stoke that fire high, and begin reading aloud while waiting for the fire to die down to the perfect s’more roasting level.Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

Be sure to stop reading at a suspenseful or action filled point to keep interest high as you enjoy s’mores.Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'moresEncourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

*tip- Bring a box of baby wipes to quickly clean sticky s’more covered fingersEncourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

When everyone is full and content, stoke the fire up to high flames again, and gather around to hear more of the story.Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

*tip- Don’t forget to bring a lantern or reading light to your campfire to continue reading long past dusk. Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

Sometimes choosing a great read aloud can be daunting, so I’m sharing a list of books to get you started.Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

My family does not enjoy scary stories, so I choose a book set in nature or an adventure book for our campfire read aloud. Even very young children can be sucked into the story of a chapter book, but I’m including several favorite picture stories in my list too. I often have older children read picture books to younger siblings as I set out s’mores fixings.Encourage Summer Reading with Books and S'mores

Chapter books to read around the campfire

Picture books to read around the campfire

Encourage children to read this summer while also creating new traditions- like Books and S’mores Night- that make reading interactive and engaging!Books and S'mores Night

What book would your family enjoy around the campfire?

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This post was sponsored on behalf of Zenni Optical via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

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  1. I don’t have kids, but when I was a kid my mom took me to fun reading clubs and events at the library. Reading became a great joy in my life.

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