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Summer Reading!

Keep literacy and parenting skills going strong over the summer

Summer is a great time for everyone to do some reading—both parents and kids!

For kids

Here are some ideas for summer literacy activities for kids:

For parents

Now, what do parents have on their summer reading lists?  These parenting books are classics that every parent can learn from, and that warrant a second read if it’s been a while.  And what better time to practice your well-honed parenting skills than when the kids are around more!  You may want to bring your novel to the beach or pool, but keep one of these parenting books on your nightstand this summer:
Here are our top picks for excellent parenting books:

If you want to read some helpful parenting Web pages, check out YourChild: Parenting Resources for the best of the Web on parenting.

For parents and kidsreading in a tent

Here’s a way to sharpen literacy and parenting skills all at once, with one excellent book! 

The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease.
A great book that looks at the research on reading and tells parents and educators what they need to know about reading aloud to kids. It includes all kinds of specific tips and strategies that you can start using right away, and a giant annotated list of recommended read-aloud books. Think of all the opportunities to read aloud over the summer: in the car on a trip, by the campfire, at bedtime, or on a lazy afternoon in the hammock.  This book will inspire you and give great suggestions to get you started

Happy reading!

Compiled by Kyla Boyse, RN
Updated June 2011


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