I wanted to share the article I wrote for the Upper Bucks Free Press (the newspaper I write for) for the June issue! The online version was just published. To see the online version of the newspaper, click HERE (see page 19).
Keep Kids Reading In Summer!
Most kids read during the school year because their school has a program the encourages them to read more than they would normally. Unfortunately it ends when school lets out. It is a great idea to keep kids reading over the summer for enjoyment and it will help them next year in school. I made a list of some suggestions on how to get kids into reading when they are on summer break.
– Parents can read more. When parents make it a point to try to read more, or make it into a family activity, kids will sit down with a book too. Reading aloud to each other is also a fun
thing to do even for older kids. Each member of the family can take turns reading aloud from a favorite book.
– Join a summer book club. Book clubs are fun to take part in. In the clubs, kids can meet new friends and talk about books they really like. If you can’t find a book club, why not start one in your neighborhood? A cool idea is to have a club where you compare the movie to the book!
– If you are going on vacation, get your kid a book about, or that takes place in, the area you are going to. It will make the vacation even more special.
– Read the first book of a series. There are a ton of great series to choose from. When you get done reading the first book, it makes you want to read the next!
– Make “unplugged time” set aside for reading. Turn off the TV, Xbox, iPods, PlayStations and cell phones, find a comfortable chair, maybe even go outside and read!
-Remember that magazines and comics are great ways to get kids into reading too. Some kids may find these more interesting. You can make your own reward chart for time spent reading and encourage your kids even more.
– Spend extra-time at the library or in a local bookstore. Having a lot of books to choose from helps kids find something they want to read.
Speaking of libraries and bookstores, there are some great local events going on this summer to help kids keep reading.
The Quakertown Public Library has a great summer reading log program that starts June 22. Kids who read can earn entries for great prizes including a Nintendo 3DS or a family trip to The Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos! In addition to the summer reading logs, the library offers great programs for kids of all ages like storytime (including a special storytime called Kindergarten Here I Come for kids entering Kindergarten), science programs, 4H Pet Care, a Scavenger Hunt and a lot more! Visit the Quakertown branch of the Bucks County Public Libraries at http://www.buckslib.org/libraries/quakertown to learn more!
The Doylestown Bookshop is ready for summer reading with their Summer Explorer’s Camp. There are camps for kids pre-K – 8th grade. It is a six week camp that meets once a week. Each week of the camp has a different theme like “It’s Good to Be Green” and “That’s Hilarious!” The Doylestown Bookshop also offers a Young Adult Book Reviewer club for kids ages 14 and over. In the club the kids get advanced copies of books that haven’t been released yet to review! To learn more about these programs visit http://www.doylestownbookshop.com.
Harleysville Books has a great summer reading program that benefits kids and their schools. The more kids read from either The Infinity Ring or Junie B. Jones series they can earn discounts at the store and when they shop at the store, their school’s library will earn credit towards new books! Harleysville Books also offers camps, book clubs, and family events to keep summer reading fun. Visit http://www.HarleysvilleBooks.com for more information.
The Upper Perkiomen Valley Library in nearby Red Hill has a lot of fun events planned also. They offer a free summer reading club in which kids who sign up at the library and read books though the summer, can earn tickets for activities at the mini-carnival held by the library in September. To learn more, visit http://www.upvlibrary.org.
For book reviews and more on reading, please visit my blog at thiskidreviewsbooks.com.
Happy summer reading!
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