Reading Is Fundamental has some good tips for parents to help their kids advance in their reading skills. The second tip is to read every day and offers some ideas including reading the back of a cereal box. I have been telling kids that for years. They usually look at me like I've lost my mind. In the olden days that was a reliable source of reading material in my parent's house. The other day I was making some muffins and happened to read a clever little story on the inside of an egg carton that would appeal to kids. You never know where you'll find interesting reading material! Another important tip is to let your kids see you read. My favorite tip is to let your child chose what he wants to read or what she wants you to read to her. The point is to pull them into a story to find out what happens next. The previous post, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, has links to online games and stories as well as the printables mentioned.
The Fun and Games page on the Sonoma County Library website also has links to online books and games for kids.
What kid doesn't like to get mail? A magazine subscription is a great way to get your kids to read, even in the summer. Erica at the What Do We Do All Day blog did the hard work of looking at kid's magazines that have no advertising. Her 16 magazines for kids posts has magazine suggestions for all ages and interests. One magazine I didn't know that was still around is Humpty Dumpty. My younger siblings subscribed for a long time (there were five of them).
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Check back frequently this summer for more ideas to keep your kids reading, book lists and book reviews. And finally for Sonoma County residents is the application for a library card in English and Spanish and their summer reading program for kids 0-12.