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How Much Time Will You Spend Reading This Summer?

Summer Reading Combats “Summer Slide”, A Phenomenon That Affects Children Who Stop Reading Over The Summer

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass

SummerReading 2013We are 18 days into Summer. Many students are out of school attending summer camp, swimming, horse back riding, making sand castles at the beach and enjoying a great book.  Vacation is an excellent thing. Trust me I know!  However, READING is never a vacation. It is imperative that each child read the minimum of “three” books during their Summer Vacation. YOU must make sure that there is time set aside “every single day” to read at least ONE HOUR. Do not make it a punishment. Make it a part of your culture!

I remember traveling one summer and we had a layover in South Carolina.  Books in tow! There was a family of seven and every single one of them had the Nook or some form of reading tablet in their hand while we sat waiting for Spirit Airlines to take us home. Lucy Caulkins wrote a book titled “Raising Life Long  Learners”. She stated that she made it a ritual to have rich book talk and book conversations in her home during the summer. According to Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, “There is no place like home.”  Start reading in the home…

If you have not yet explored the world of reading much, you are missing out. Get yourself some inspiration today by reading a good book. Visit your local bookstore and purchase some books and a blank journal. Place them in a nice bag and give them to your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or godchild. You can also purchase books on their tablet and partner read for the summer.

Here are some suggested books for the summer!

Early Chapter Book Series Ages 5 to 9
(1) Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne. The Magic Tree House *books have a solid track record of hooking kids. In this series, a brother and sister team, Jack and Annie, travel through time and space in their magic tree house to go on a variety of missions.
(2) Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. A truly unique early chapter book series about a girl named Anna Hibiscus who lives in “Africa, Amazing Africa.” Anna Hibiscus is a delightfully curious character who lives with her Canadian mother, African father, twin baby brothers Double and Trouble and close-knit extended family.
(3) Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires. A humorous series of short graphic novels about an imaginative cat named Binky. In the first book in the series, Binky plans a mission to outer space.
Middle Chapter Books Ages 9 to 14
(1) One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
(2) The Mouse Rap by Walter Dean Myers, Andy Bacha (Editor)
(3) Darnell Rock Reporting by Walter Dean Myers, Walter D. Meyers
(4) Maizon at Blue Hill by Jacqueline Woodson
(5) The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant
(6) Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
(7) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (Illustrator)
(8) Schooled by Gordon Korman
(9) Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
(10) Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead



About Cynthia Turnquest-Jones (48 Articles)
Cynthia Turnquest-Jones a co-host of People Before Politics Radio is an avid philanthropist. In October 2012 she launched Tha B.U.M.P. “Brown Urban Mother Partnership”, hosting an informational breast cancer session “Save the Women not the Boobies” inviting mothers from the community to sit and enjoy healthy foods while engaging in dialogue about breast cancer. In addition to Tha B.U.M.P, Cynthia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, Mocha Moms, Incorporated, MAMAiAM, the Episcopal Church Women, secretary for Mount Saint Michael Academy PTA in the Bronx, and a member of Graham Elementary School PTA.
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