The library's summer reading program held so much promise in June. But with one month before school starts, your child's interest in reading has hit the brick wall known as the summer lull. Don't let him give up! Books inspire creativity and imagination. Use both to inspire your kids to read. The following ideas can help.

1. Have DEAR Moments

At least every other day my kids and I have 30 minutes of DEAR time. Drop Everything And Read! Everyone finds a quiet spot in the house, I set the oven timer and off we go.

2. Set an Example

Do your children see you reading books, magazines, and newspapers? Are reading materials displayed in your home? Do you and your spouse discuss things you've read?

3. Ask for Help

Children's librarians know books and know kids. Our children's librarian asked my son basic questions about the types of books he enjoys, favorite characters, etc. Fifteen minutes later, after browsing the shelves with her, he left the library loaded with books we never would have found on our own. He hopped on the couch and opened one as soon as we got home!

4. Talk About Your Favorite Childhood Books

What books did you enjoy as a kid? Who was your favorite author? Which of those are still in print? Sharing childhood reading memories helps kids see the positive and long-lasting impact reading has.

5. Talk About Your Struggles

Let your child know if reading was a tough subject for you. Knowing this fact may help them feel less isolated and more encouraged.

6. Read the Book, Rent the Movie

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and the Harry Potter series are just a few of the many books that have been made into motion pictures. Read the book. Then designate a movie night at home, complete with popcorn.

7. Serve Green Eggs and Ham

Make a meal from a book. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and Bread and Jam for Frances exemplify books that offer tasty food references.

8. Put Away the Car DVDs

Opt for books-on-tape instead.

9. Make Your Own Audio Book

Especially fun with toddlers and preschoolers. Record a book for your child to listen to. If your child can read, have him or her read along with your recording, or perhaps record the reading on their own.

10. Write a Book

Help your child write and illustrate her own story. The "Illustory Create Your Own Book" kit provides material for writing and creating a story. Children send their manuscript to the publisher, and receive a typeset hardbound book of their story. Check online for story contests open to kids.

11. Start a Family Book Club

Choose a book for everyone — parents and kids alike — to read. Talk about the plot and characters over meals, in the car, before bed.

12. Host a Read-a-Thon

Rainy or snowy days are perfect for read-a-thons. Grab a stack of books, snuggle under the covers, and read aloud to your kids.

And remember, reading isn't just a summertime activity. Enjoy these ideas all year long!

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