If you’re planning a trip to Disney World for your family, we highly advise that you leverage some of your Mom-à-la-Travel-Agent powers to encourage good reading habits in your children. Now, we don’t want to advise you to take advantage of your power as the Disney World Key-Holder, but there’s nothing wrong with using your power for good, right?
As the anticipation of your Disney World vacation continues to build, use it to incentivize your kids to read. Tell them that in order for the Disney vacation to happen, they have to meet a certain reading goal. (Of course, you’re planning the vacation anyways, but they don’t know that.) You can use Disney books to really encourage their reading habits. Here are some recommendations…
Ages 3-7: Disney produces some great books for young readers (and their parents). Check out the “Little Golden Books” published by Random House. Titles include Monster’s Inc., Cars, Finding Nemo, Cinderella, Shop With Minnie, Mulan, and more. You can read these books to your younger ones. Some six and seven year olds will be able to read these books themselves. Most titles are either $3.99 or $9.99 at the Random House website. Also, don’t forget to check your local library.
Ages 10-14: Young adults might enjoy Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark. The fast-paced thriller book series (there are a lot of them) will keep your kids’ attention as well as any TV show or video game might! Also, this is a great way to build anticipation for your Disney World vacation. Titles on Amazon are $8.99, but you can save money by buying several at once.
Ages 14+: This age bracket can read just about anything you throw at them with a strong incentive, right? At 226 pages, Kevin Yee’s Walt Disney World Hidden History: Remnants of Former Attractions and Other Tributes will hold the attention of any reader with an interest in Disney World’s past. Teenager and adult readers will love this book. Hey, what are you reading?