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Summer Reading Counts!

Reading can be summer fun.

An initiative called, “Summer Reading Counts!” by Scholastic and Woman’s Day magazine urges parents and young readers to consider reading as another warm-weather essential, just like bathing suits, pails and shovels, and baseballs.

Here are some of the ideas to move books (and magazines, too, of course) from the classroom and into your leisure activities:
Be cool – Hang out in the libary – an air-conditioned refuge from the heat and humidity. Also, many libraries host story hours, puppet shows and book clubs.
Tempt children with reading – All sorts of materials count as reading, including magazines, newspapers and comic books. Tempt sports fans with biographies of sports heroes. Or research your family tree together!
Pack a “booknic” – Add some reading materials to your picnic lunch.
Incorporate reading into the travel itinerary – Kids can read travel brochures about vacation destinations before you go and listen to books or magazines on tape on the way there. Or plan a vacation to a city, state or country featured in a favorite story.

The five-part series by Woman’s Day and Scholastic is an effort to combat the “summer slide,” usually a period when children stop reading – which leaves them at a disadvantage when they go back to school in the fall. It launches in the May 31 issues of Woman’s Day and also includes a “I want to be a children’s book writer” contest.

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

  • Nunavut Inuit Families

    Education Program
    1,500 children and adults
    Nunavut Territory, Canada
    Needs: 250 magazines and comics
    National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, education and fishing magazines, and comics.

  • Mile High Youth Corps

    501(c)(3) charity
    Education
    Needs: 30 to 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested:
    For Corps members to read to their children: -Kids -Kids Discover -Sports Illustrated Kids -Humpty Dumpty -Hop scotch for Girls -Chick-a-dee -Highlights -Hello -Turtle -Yum for Kids.
    For Corps members to read on their own: -Readers Digest -National Geographic -Sports Illustrated -Make -Men’s Health -Ebony -Kiplinger -Self -O -The New Yorker -Wired

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