Getting the Kids to Read
Summer Reading Programs
New Book Recommendations
Tips for Writers
How DO we get our kids to read more? With
all the video games, television, and cell phones occupying
most of our kids spare time, encouraging them to actually
pick up a book is difficult. One thing that I can't stress
enough is that kids need to have someone to read to them out
loud. Start when your children are very young...it is surprising
how much babies actually enjoy having someone read out loud
to them. Make it a family ritual, and pick books that are
about things that they are interested in and are exciting.
Boring simply doesn't encourage interest in reading.
Kids like books about other kids that do the same things they
do. Finding something that is funny, exciting, and relevant
may take some research on your part. Take the children to
the library and let them pick out their own books...there
are so many to choose from. I give my grandchildren an Amazon
gift card, and let them choose whatever they want from the
huge selection of books available there.
Buying an electronic reading device for your child is an investment
in their future....Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook,
Apple's I-Pad, or even their smart phone works great to add
e-books of their choice.
Your public library will have a number of summer reading programs
available...check with them and enroll your child. There are
even some wonderful online programs....for instance, Scholastic
is sponsoring a competitive reading program for kids. It looks
like great fun. There are new
book lists for every age in this program.
There is Barnes
& Noble's Imagination Destination to spark your kid's
interest....they offer a free book of your child's choice,
and you don't have to buy the books your child reads for the
competition from B&N...
are a few books that sparked my interest:
Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure
Mike Wolfe and Lily Sprengelmeyer
Fantasy, Science Fiction
Grade 3 up
If you like garage sales, this
book will be a winner with your kids. Here is a contest
where you can win a copy of it http://www.kidsreads.com
the Shadow of Blackbirds
by Cat Winters
Ages 12 & UP
In 1918, Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward
off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships
young men to the front lines of a brutal war. Sixteen-year-old
Mary Shelley Black watches as mourners flock to séances
for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts.
She’s forced to rethink her way of looking at life and
death, for her first love --- a boy who died in battle ---
returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Thirteen-year-old Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to
be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by ultra-cute
baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school makes fun
of her and Troy won't give her a second glance. When Laura
is forced to learn the history of the slave shack on her grandmother’s
property for a school assignment, she discovers the self-esteem
she’s been missing.
three previous mysteries --- HOOT, FLUSH and SCAT --- Carl
Hiaasen has offered young readers entertaining comic mysteries
that combine environmental concerns and social issues with
plenty of wacky laughs. Now, in CHOMP, he extends his winning
streak with a funny novel that dives into the world of reality
has an agenda: Survive seventh grade. He also wants to: grow
a mustache, get girls to notice him, and do a kickflip on
his skateboard. . . .But those are not the main reasons he
started a blog. Tad just has a lot of important thoughts he
wants to share with the world, like: Here is the first thing
I have learned about having a dog in your house: Don't feed
them nachos. Not ever.
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