Reading has always been my go-to coping strategy. Some prefer TV, some prefer the solace of a dark movie theatre, and some prefer to write their troubles away. But I have always found my escape within the pages of a good book. I get lost in the characters and leave my own troubles behind.
Part of that is due to my early love of reading. My mother loved trips to the library when we were young. We had a beautiful library in my hometown, and the children’s department was incredible. I remember attending story hour, puppet shows, and even movies on a rainy day. I remember walking through the children’s stacks, searching through hundreds of titles in search of just the right book. I remember the feeling of independence as my mom stood back and just let me be. And I recall the feel of the slightly worn covers as I clutched them close to my chest, breathing in the scent of reading. I loved those trips to the library.
For my family, those library trips occurred year round. Perhaps more often during school vacations and summer break, but we always made time for reading.
With summer vacation on the horizon, it’s a good idea to think about summer reading. Kids are busier today than they used to be. Between camps, sports, and social engagements, reading can sometimes be forgotten. Enter the summer slide. Did you know that your kids might actually lose some of that knowledge that they worked so hard to learn throughout the school year during summer vacation? It can happen. But it doesn’t have to. There are so many ways to make reading fun!
I chatted with Soleil to hear some of her thoughts about getting creative with reading this summer. This is what she had to say:
Doesn’t she just make you want to close that computer screen and head to your nearest library? (But don’t leave me just yet, or you will miss the giveaway!)
Tips for Preventing the Summer Slide:
Make it fun: When you create a fun art or cooking project to accompany a book, reading the book becomes that much more exciting. Kids will anticipate how they will create their projects or what their feast will look like. Reading doesn’t have to be just about reading…it can provide the basis for entire day of fun!
Take field trips: Even with very young toddlers, you can take trips to act out the books. A trip to the Aquarium is made that much more fun when you’ve just read Curious George Visits the Aquarium and can reference it along the way.
Take it outside: Kids love to be outside in the summer and we love to have them outside. Create a little outdoor reading nook for some outdoor downtime, or just spread a blanket on the grass and read side by side. Fresh air and a good book is a powerful combination!
And now for some exciting news for all of you…
Target wants me to give you a couple of prizes: One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Target, and another lucky reader will win 10 books!
And I will make this very, very easy on you. This is all you have to do to enter:
One Entry: Leave a comment here to tell me what steps you will take to avoid the summer slide.
Second Entry: Leave a second comment here to tell me about your favorite childhood book.
What are you waiting for?
This contest will close on June 18, 2012. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator and notified by email.
Disclosure: Target provided me with these giveaway packages to share with my readers at no cost.This sweepstakes is only open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. Please note that we cannot ship product to a P.O. Box.