Summer Reading Tip #3: Show the Way

Your tween might not be willing to admit it, but chances are good that your kid wants to be just like you.  So, if you want your kid to read more, let them see you reading.  If you’re like me, you probably have an organized list messy pile of books you’re intending to read, but those good intentions don’t always translate into reality.

Periodic Table of Reading

Fortunately for me, our hard-working Public Services Librarians have created a summer reading program for adults, which gives me (and you!) a bit more incentive to read.  In the past, adults have earned an entry into the grand prize drawing by reading a set number of books.  But sometimes parents felt guilty counting the shorter books they were reading to their kids, while others who were reading hefty volumes might struggle to meet the goal.  This year, we’re keeping track of pages.  Every 100 pages=1 point.  12 points=a free cupcake from Billy Vanilly, and 15 points=an entry into the drawing for a Kindle Fire HD.  So, yes, you can count the 32 pages of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and the 90 pages of Junie B. Jones you read with your kid.  Or if you’re feeling really ambitious, then feel free to read Les Miserables  (1,260 pages) or Clarissa (1,533 pages) and get all 12 cupcake points in one book.  (I will probably be sticking with Junie.)

Have a great summer, and happy reading!

 

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Natalie Moreland

Natalie works in the Kids Library and has a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.

  • Lissa

    I’m loving your tips for summer reading, Natalie!