Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Summer Reading--A Family Affair

Now that children are out of school, here are some tips to help them enjoy the books you read with them. Feel free to ask one of the librarians for assistance in finding books for your children.

-Talk about what you and your child read. Ask your child what he/she liked about the book.

-Make the foods you and your child have read about in some of the books. Take a story like Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola, Matzo Ball Moon by Leslea Newman, or If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and make spaghetti, matzo balls, or cookies together.

-Using markers, crayons, or colored pencils your child can draw his/her favorite picture from the story, design a different book cover, or create another scene for the story.

-Help your child write a letter or an e-mail to the author or illustrator of the book. Many authors and illustrators have websites where you can get their e-mail addresses. The American Library Association has a web page with author and illustrator information.

-Extend the book experience by visiting some of the places mentioned in them. Go to zoo, visit a bakery, attend a sports game, or go to the circus.

Source: Huff, J. (2008, May 14). Read With Your Kids--It’s Children’s Book Week: Here Are Some Tips and 5 Books to Help Make Reading a Family-Fun Activity. The Idaho Statesmen.

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