Sunday, May 18, 2014

Encouraging kids to read this summer

I'm a reader.   I LOVE books.   So it should come as no surprise that I am promoting summer reading programs and ways to encourage kids to read this summer.

DC Public Library's summer reading program starts June 1 and ends August 31.   The program features four age-specific themes, a reading contest, and (woot!) the Washington Nationals as the leading partner.   Deets about the themes:

  • Read With Me: a special program for children birth to age five and their parent or caregiver. It's never to early to foster a love of reading in your child. Visit your neighborhood library to sign up.
  • Fizz, Boom, Read: for children 6 to 12 years old. Win prizes for reading. Visit your neighborhood library to sign up.
  • Spark a Reaction: for teens 13 to 19 years old. Win prizes and have more fun by earning badges! Sign up online.   Spark a Reaction includes a book review contest, the winners of which will receive an iPad mini.   The contest deadline is August 14.
  • Literary Elements: adults can join the fun. Win prizes for reading and learning new skills. Sign up online or at any library.   Contests are part of this summer program, too.

Want to make reading even more fun and engaging for young children?   Make a reading journal for your children.   The blog Less than Perfect Parents shows you how in the post Start a Reading Journal.

Ward 8 map
Photo from []; used with permission

And remember, there's a writing contest for 5th and 6th graders (more info on the contest), "A Book That Shaped Me."   The deadline is August 11.

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