I'm a big fan of summer reading programs. I used to sign up at my local library every year when I was a kid. Yes, the prizes were nice, but the best memories are of the many books I read during the few months I was out of school.
This year, both my girls signed up for the One World, Many Stories summer reading program at the Wilbraham Public Library. I'm thrilled to see it. My youngest has always been a big reader, but the older of the two girls swears off anything that seems like schoolwork over the summer.
When kids aren't learning over the summer, they are at a distinct disadvantage when they return in the fall. As a parent and a children's author, I hate to see that happen. Volunteering at our local schools, I see how hard the students and educators work all year long. It's a shame to see some of that lost when kids aren't engaged in meaningful activities over the summer.
Summer Reading Programs offer not only the opportunity to learn, they allow kids to interact with their peers by providing group activities. As part of One World, Many Stories, the girls are participating in The Great Create, which is a weekly art workshop. Both my girls love art, so it's perfect. These programs also teach kids about goal setting and time management, skills they will use throughout their lives.
Check out your local library to see what they're doing this summer. The fun is just beginning.
Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. She is also a regular contributor for the Writer2Writer eZine. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.
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