Category Archives: Summer reading

Raising Summer Readers: Tip-a-Day series

Last summer, I wrote a Raising Summer Readers blog series with many posts throughout July and August about making reading part of kids’ everyday summer lives. Along with regular reading aloud, encouraging our kids to read over the summer is … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #54: Reflect with your kids on their summer reading life, and talk about how you all might do it differently next summer!

This can be done during kids last week of summer, or even after the kids have been back in school for a few days. But don’t wait too long! Here are a few questions to consider: Did you meet your … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #53: Check out a few of these recently and to-be-released books for some great end-of-summer reads

Like my last post, I was hoping to write this one much earlier in the summer. There are so many great new books out there as well as some soon-to-be-released books that I’m eager to read, so I want to … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip # 51 and #52: Help your kids integrate writing into their summer by encouraging them to author their own books

These two tips, along with Tip #50, should have come much earlier in the summer, so I apologize for their late arrival. Authoring their own books can be such a great summer writing experience because, unlike books that are written during the … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #50: Encourage summer writing by helping kids to create fun handmade blank books

Getting kids excited to author books is one of the best ways to motivate writing. When kids put their writing into book format, they tend to feel like real authors who are proud of what they write and eager to … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #49: Encourage fun and meaningful writing over the summer

Reading and writing go hand-in-hand — developing skills for one will help the other, so kids will benefit if they can find some time for writing. In a few prior posts, I recommended some ways that my kids have done … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #48: Combine art and literacy by encouraging kids to make their own storytelling prompts!

In several earlier posts, I discussed the benefits of frequent storytelling — how it nurtures language, imagination, creativity, and the narrative thinking skills required for comprehending and writing good stories (See tip #22, #24, #28). As was mentioned in these prior tips, storytelling … Continue reading

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