Summer Reading Counts!

Reading can be summer fun.

An initiative called, “Summer Reading Counts!” by Scholastic and Woman’s Day magazine urges parents and young readers to consider reading as another warm-weather essential, just like bathing suits, pails and shovels, and baseballs.

Here are some of the ideas to move books (and magazines, too, of course) from the classroom and into your leisure activities:
Be cool – Hang out in the libary – an air-conditioned refuge from the heat and humidity. Also, many libraries host story hours, puppet shows and book clubs.
Tempt children with reading – All sorts of materials count as reading, including magazines, newspapers and comic books. Tempt sports fans with biographies of sports heroes. Or research your family tree together!
Pack a “booknic” – Add some reading materials to your picnic lunch.
Incorporate reading into the travel itinerary – Kids can read travel brochures about vacation destinations before you go and listen to books or magazines on tape on the way there. Or plan a vacation to a city, state or country featured in a favorite story.

The five-part series by Woman’s Day and Scholastic is an effort to combat the “summer slide,” usually a period when children stop reading – which leaves them at a disadvantage when they go back to school in the fall. It launches in the May 31 issues of Woman’s Day and also includes a “I want to be a children’s book writer” contest.

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