I have loved to read since I was a child.We would go and visit my grandparents in Afton, Wyoming, they had a room upstairs that had wall to wall book cases loaded with all kinds of books. Everyone knew where to find me because I would always be in that room and was carried away on many adventures.
Now that I am a grownup I still love to read. When I travel I take along my kindle which I keep adding books to. To me reading is very therapeutic. I would love to go to the beach and listen to the waves and read all week long.
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.
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.
In the past, reading was one of the best forms of entertainment a child could have and books were treasured possessions. One of my treasured books is The Treat Shop. I read the stories to my Grandkids today.
When summer comes take your kids to the library. Let them pick out books weekly and keep them reading. There are library programs in the summer as well that are very good to keep your kids involved in reading.
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.
Have you had your kids join a Summer Reading Program? Let me give you some ones to try!
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 can earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks. Their program goes on all year.
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.
CAMP WONDEROPOLIS…a FREE online summer-learning destination that’s full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments!
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.
SYNC is a FREE program for readers ages 13+ that gives away 2 FREE Complete Audio B Audio Books Every Week Through The Week.The audiobook downloads are in MP3 format and delivered through the OverDrive app which can be downloaded for FREE.
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 LISTEN Too 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 POCKET,.Slip 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.
Looking for great places to find free online books & reading material? Oxford Owl has a nice variety of books for kids ages 3 – 11 that the computer reads to them.
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.
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.
From Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer…..Pass the tissues, please. I’m just going to say it you will need them. A Life Without Water is a beautiful heartbreaking yet heartwarming read. I love how Marci Bolden just takes you on this emotional ride that doesn’t let go. It is one beautiful ride that you will not want to miss out on. This is a story of loss and finally being able to grieve and heal.
I Love Nicholas Sparks Books and The Last Song is another one you will not stop til you read it all. From the author of A Walk to Remember comes a moving tale of redemption and first love when a rebellious teenager decides to spend the summer with her estranged father in a North Carolina beach town.
End Of Ever After: A Cinderella Retelling…..“I had never wondered about Snow White once her prince kissed and whisked her away. I had imagined a similarly happy fate for the Sleeping Beauty. Would either have warned me had I asked for the truth? That ‘Happily Ever After’ doesn’t exist?”
Do you ever wonder what happens next in a fairytale? This is a grand adventure in the story of Cinderella. We’ve only heard the first half of what happened. Now for the first time we get the rest of the story.
When the invitation to the prince’s ball was put in her hands, Ella imagined a single night of wonder, a single night to escape her wretched life and be anyone else for a while. She never expected to turn the prince’s head, she certainly never expected to run off with his heart.
“The perfect book for anyone who knows that compassion isn’t only for humans, and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then I’m lucky enough to read a novel I can’t stop thinking about: this is one of them.” —Jodi Picoult
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