Everyone knew where to find me because I would love to be in that room and be carried away on many adventures.
A book is more than just a story; it’s a magical journey that takes the mind through the creative land of the writer. Creating a love of reading offers many benefits to both you and your child.
Academically, if your child likes reading, he will find the study of literature, history, and even science easier and more enjoyable.
If children learn to love to read and choose good books (or are introduced to good literature), they soon learn to feel the power of literature to expand their minds and release their emotions.
However, there are many obstacles that can stand in the way of creating a love for reading. Let’s face it: some kids are natural readers and love books nearly from birth while others have to be encouraged to develop a love of reading.
Television and video games can also interfere with a love of reading. In the past, reading was one of the best forms of entertainment a child could have and books were treasured possessions.
Today, we live in a media-driven society where entertainment is constantly on tap for our youngsters. It is small wonder that many are drawn to the lights, sound, and action of television and video games rather than the deeper and more contemplative joys of reading
In order to foster a love of reading, you may need to limit these other forms of entertainment or have your children read books in order to “earn” media privileges. However, parents themselves can unwittingly be one of the greatest obstacles to creating a love for reading in their children by their failure to create reading role models for their family.
Unfortunately, many parents never learned to value the joys of reading. Now, they find themselves “too busy” or “too tired” to read and prefer to watch television instead. Fortunately, there are many strategies that you can implement to encourage your children to develop a love of reading. Even if they do not all become avid readers as children, you can expose them to a wide variety of literature and increase the likelihood that they will develop a love of reading as they grow older.
Cicero once said, “To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” You can easily create an inexpensive library in your home by buying cheaper paperbacks and looking for used books.
Make a wish list of good books for you and your kids so that relatives can know what to choose as gifts for special occasions. Books last much longer than toys, and giving them as gifts adds to their status as treasured possessions.
Many of us read to our children when they are very young but tend to stop as they learn to read.
However, reading to your kids is one of the best ways to keep their interest in reading alive.
AMERICAN GIRL READING PROGRAM……..American Girl Stores will have special Reading Programs throughout the summer where you can listen to a story, create a special bookmark, and more. In addition, there are FREE American Girl e-books on the site……
Chuck E. Cheese –kids Earn FREE tokens every time they read. All you need to do is print out the bookmarks which are each worth 5 FREE tokens and bring it in to claim your free tokens.
SCHOLASTIC SUMMER CHALLENGE…..Gives kids a chance to log their reading times to COMPETE for the World Record!CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY…….They have some good Summer Reading Programs with FREE books and prizes!
SHOWCASE THEATER BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS……….Kids can earn FREE admission to a movie just by reading and doing a short book report.
BARNES & NOBLE SUMMER READING… This one requires kids to read eight books an then make a short recommendation on each one. They can then turn in their completed Summer Reading form at a store and choose a free book (from a selection in the store)!
Sylvan’s Book Adventure Program: This program is for children in grades K-8. The search online for books and then find them in the library (or bookstore) and read them. Then, they come back and take quiz about the book and are rewarded with prizes for their reading success.
Junie B Jones Reading Club – When You Sign up kids will get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card.
FIFTEEN MINUTE READING PROGRAM
1. LICENSE TO READ On car trips make it a game to point out and read license plates, billboards, and interesting road signs.
2. BETTER THAN TV Swap evening TV for a good action story or tale of adventure.
3. LOOK AND LISTENToo tired to read aloud? Listen to a book on tape and turn the book”s pages with your children. You’ll still be reading with them.
4. LABELS, LABELS, LABELS Label things in your children’s room as they learn to mane them. have fun while they learn that written words are connected to everyday things.
5. PACK A SNACK, PACK A BOOK Going someplace where there might be a long wait? Bring along a snack and a bag of favorite books.
6. RECIPE FOR READING. The next time you cook with your children, read the recipe with them. Step-by-step instructions, ingredients, and measurements are all part of words in print.
7. SHOP AND READ Notice and read signs and labels in the supermarket. Back home, putting away groceries is another great time for reading labels.
8.YOUR LONG DISTANCE LAP. Away on a business trip? Take a few books with you, call home and have your child curl up by the phone for a goodnight story.
9. A READING POCKETSlip fun things to read into your pockets to bring home. A comic strip from the paper, a greeting card, or even a fortune cookie from lunch. Create a special shared moment your child can look forward to everyday.
10. A LITTLE LONGER?When your child asks to stay up a little longer, say yes and make it a 15-minute family reading opportunity.
Here Are A Few of My Favorite Books…. There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE….Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote nine Little House on The Prairie books about her childhood growing up on the western frontier.
But there were two years she didn’t write about, two missing years that take place between On The Banks of Plum Creek, and By The Shore of Silver Lake.Now Newberry Award-Winning author Cynthia Rylant has imagined what those lost Little House Years were like, based on Laura’s unpublished memoirs.
The result is the FIRST LITTLE HOUSE NOVEL about Laura a young girl in almost 60 years, and a wonderful addition to the classic series.When the grasshoppers plague returns to Plum Creek, Pa knows all the crops will be destroyed again. He decides to take the family east to Burr Oak, Iowa, where he has found work at a hotel.
But Laura longs to return to the tall-grass prairie and the unsettled west, to a place where pa can play his fiddle in the open air, and where she can feel free again.
Add this to your collection the OLD TOWN IN THE GREEN GROVES continues the story about Laura Ingalls.
The 30 Best Places to be if you LOVE books – Basically I want to go to all of them. Mark Twain said, “In a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” Mark Twain…
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES…. This book is about a young girl named Anne (“Ann with an e”) Shirley. She was orphaned at a very young age and lived in several foster homes and orphanages. Then when she was 11 years old she went to live with a brother and sister named Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.
The story covers her trials and tribulations as well as her triumphants…all of which are generally caused by her vivid imagination and stubborn optimism…while she is growing up on Prince Edward Island.
LM (Lucy Maud) Montgomery was born in 1874 on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Anne of Green Gables is her best seller. She became a published writer when she was only 12.
There are seven sequels to Anne of Green Gabels.
The Last Lecture…“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” — Randy Pausch
A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave — “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” — wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have… and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
The Mountain Between Us…On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day.
When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness– one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.
The Stars Are Fire….In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed.
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