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McGraw-Hill Summer Reading Tips & Children's Books Giveaway{Closed}

My oldest son, Caleb, just graduated kindergarten. He has learned to read, and loves it! We want him to keep the reading up during the summer, and have a few tips to help from Wright Group/McGraw-Hill’s author Charlene Cobb.

- Create a summer escape in your home perfect for reading. Make sure there is good light and comfortable seating to entice your kids to spend time there. We have a corner by the boys bedroom filled with pillows and a basket full of books I rotate often.

- Even if your children can read by themselves, take turns reading to each other. This helps build their skills as they listen to your tone and inflection throughout the story or article. Before, during and after you read, talk about the material. Ask you child questions and encourage you child to ask you questions. My son loves to read to his brother and sister. And, in the evenings, we all gather around to listen to a book that I read that they want me to read.

- Whether you are reading to your children or they are reading themselves, plan an event or activity that ties to the reading material. For instance, book reading can lead to picnics, museum and zoo visits, ballgames, or even family vacations. From his school, Caleb has gotten into this huge fascination with birds. So, we'll all look at the book we have with pictures and descriptions of birds, and go out and see if we can find them. We live in the country, so we can often see a variety of birds. Their favorites are the big eagles and hawks.


- Look for opportunities for your child to read. If you have a manual for a new DVD player, ask your child to read you the directions. Grocery lists and “to do” lists are also good items to help kids practice reading in “real life.”

- Even if you are not reading the same books as your children, talk to them about what they are reading. Ask them questions such as what happened in the story or what might happen next, who is their favorite character, or who is the villain. This builds summarization and recall skills, and your interest can help increase their interest.

- Suggest your child read a popular series that has been turned into movies like the Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia books. When your child finishes reading the book, rent or go see the movie and discuss how each differed from the other and whether the book or movie was more enjoyable. Or, if your child has a favorite movie, see if you can find any titles about it in a book!

-Try to set aside at least one TV/video-game-free night per week for family reading. Make your family’s favorite snacks, get new books at the library and make it fun!




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MamabearMills said...

we just make a set time each day to get reading done. that's it!!!

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Luckily, my son just loves to read. I have found some crafts though that are based on current favourites or books we haven't yet read that we will try this summer

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We use the public library to help set a routine by attending events where there is Storytime for the kids and going every Saturday to check out books to read the coming week.

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My favorite childrens books are more vintage ones like Alice In Wonderland and Winnie The Poo and I have read these with my kids. They prefer the books like everything in the Dr. Seuss series as they are short and to the point and they can memorize them.

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sweepmom said...

We keep books in the car so the kids can read while we are driving to or destination.

clc408 said...

A regular weekly library visit when they could choose their own books always helped. Thanks!

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We join our library's summer reading program.
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Jenn S. said...

We read everyday and try and make it fun. Sometimes we will have book themed mini-parties or dinners.

1agordon said...

we do a reward system for books read

KPort207 said...

We turn the TV off for at least one hour every day so that we can read. Thanks.

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Abby said...

We join the summer reading program through our local library. It gives them goals to work towards!

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Kim said...

I use funny voices!

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my son's fave is Goodnight Gorilla!!

denyse said...

We make time each day- we also spend time in the library and let the kids choose books they're interested in.

denyse said...

I lovce Cat in the Hat, always did and still do!

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

we read together- do not force it

Sonya said...

We just try to find books that Gracie likes. She reads every day. Thanks!

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She picks the books that we read and we read before bedtime. Also heading to the library for storytime adn book related crafts is fun.
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curiouslittlemuse said...

To keep interest in reading going over the summer, we read outside! We spread out the picnic blanket on the grass and read in the shade when it's too hot to do anything else.

Belinda M said...

My son and I set aside a bit of time in the evening for reading. It has become such a habit that I do not have to beg him to read, he looks forward to that relaxing time.


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Courtney said...

Great giveaway! My daughter is only 2, but we love to read together. We read lots of books during the day, plus 3 books before nap and 3 books before bed at night! I hope she loves reading as much as we do :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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We love to participate in our library's Summer Reading Program.

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we visit the library and participate in the summer reading program!

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lsfish said...

I buy their favorite type of books

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Lower Mitten Kitten said...

How do you keep your kids interested in reading during the summer?
My kids are young so reading is part of their bedtime routein. I also encourage "quiet/reading" time on weekends snce one still naps and the other doesn't.

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We have a large supply of books, something for every taste and mood. I pick up books at yard sales for as little as a dime each.
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Cathy Puett Miller said...

Greetings from a fellow mom and the Literacy Ambassador! My greatest tip for reading in the summer is to let your kids see reading with a fantastic purpose. When you get ready to go on vacation or "stacation", let your child surf the web (that's reading too), contact the tourism board at your destination, and read books about the area. Have them come up with an itinerary for your time together!

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Picture books:
Baa-Choo by Sarah Weeks
Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson
A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes by Elizabeth Scanlon
Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! by Stacey Kannenberg
Paint the Wind by Patricia McLaughlin

Chapter Books
The Desperado Who Stole Baseball by John H. Ritter (upper elementary, middle and high school)
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
The Moon Over Start by Jerry Pinkney
Peak by Roland Smith

deedleweedle said...

I bought a boxed set of books I loved as a kid and now my kids want to read them.

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danosor said...

Our familie's fave reads are the Dr.Suess set of books.

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Terra H. said...

My children are signed up for the summer reading program through the library. They read books for prizes. It definitely keeps them interested in reading.
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Carol EL said...

I take the grandkids to the library in the summer and let them check out books.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the favorite.

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darlanpaulsmamma said...

i keep my kids interested because it has always been in our routine. I also teach by example, i am always reading and my daughter has started reading independently last year and loves to read as well
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Mary Jo said...

We go to the library every week and pick out new books together!
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Right now, my son's favorite book to read is Fox in Socks. My favorite to read is My Car, by Byron Barton.
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Becky said...

My 3 year old LOVES story time! We take time in the afternoons to read, and I read to him at bedtime too. Sometimes he'll ask me to read to him multiple times during the day too!

Heather said...

We homeschool year around so our schedule doesn't really ever change. We have special reading time set aside each day where we read as a family and then everyone has quiet reading time to read silently.

Linda said...

My grandson is signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the local library this summer.
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Mia J. said...

My daughter loves to read so we just spend a lot of time at the library and reading to each other.

taulya said...

I keep books in the car.

mvap4 said...

If you buy books that spark their interest, they will read!

roadrunner201 said...

I think reading together is the key. I taught English for 6 years and you could always tell the kids whose parents read with them.

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I am so blessed that my kids love to read. I just make sure I make the time for them.

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jdaniel4smom said...

My one year old looks at books on his own! I do try to get new books from the library each week.

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We sign up for the summer reading program at the library.
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dandmrobbins said...

have the kids write their own storie (if they can't write, they can scribe it to someone)

Amy said...

My snoogs is still a toddler so its part of routine a bit

Cristine said...

My children participate in the local library's summer reading program. They just finished their first "safari path" They are so excited because they each got a ticket to go to the local children's museum and a new toy from the prize box. Now they are so excited to get their books out and read.
Thanks for the giveaway and have a great summer reading.

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We visit the library as much as we can and join their programs.
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heaventrees said...

We play audio books on the way to weekend visits and on the vacation drives. Then at restaurant stops we do quizzes on the chapters we've heard and give prizes of money to spend on the trips.

missrantsypants said...

My mother just took me to the library during the summer when I was a kid. Normally, libraries host fun events during the summer that make reading fun.


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Tammy said...

I take my kids to the library & help them choose books about whatever it is that they are interested in at the time.

idahomom said...

My kids earn video game time by reading.

Molly K said...

We go to the library every other week and each time we go we have a different theme. So one week we'll get only books about bugs or with bugs in them, then next time baseball, etc. It makes it fun and he's not always reading the same books over and over again.

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My favorite books to read are any Dr. Seuss books. Especially the Places you'll go. My sons favorite books to read are anything Curious George.

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Gabriel J. said...

Those would be great for ny son.

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We regularly go to the library and also set reading goals throughout the summer.

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In our hometown the local libray has a Summer Reading Program with weekly programs and a party at the end to celebrate how many books each child read! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

yellowlabs said...

Read together and take a trip to the library!

onosquanna said...

I read all the time I get my boys to like it by reading to them at bed time my 8 yr old will even read a short story to his little brother.

Jilly said...

Its hard! But it has to be a real good book!

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supermax said...

My son's favourite book is "chicka chicka boom boom"

Leslie S. said...

We make time everyday after lunch(while the toddler naps)and read.The 3 older kids and I love to all lie down on my bed and read. Thanks!

Jammie said...

We have a reading chart and once she fills it up she will get a surprise. So it is up to her on how fast it gets filled and its getting pretty close already.

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would love to win this for my kids. we read together every night as a family.

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We go to the library once a week or more and pick out books. We have a time each day to ready together.

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We "get carded" every summer- meaning we hit the public library with our own "cards". Each of my boys loves to fill their bag with books, dvds, and even Cds for car rides! We save money, enjoy our lazy library days, and read just to read!

Pam said...

My kids love to read so it's not too hard! We go to the library and pick out books about subjects they're interested in or similar to other books they've liked and we ALWAYS do the summer reading program at the library!

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dvice said...

We make reading a part of our daily routine

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I really believe that it is something that you need to work on daily with your child. Thanks!

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We all read the same book, then make a little game by writing trivia questions on a piece of paper, putting them in a hat, then each person draws a question and answers it.

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We visit the library at least twice a week!

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i try to have my son read before he play video games and playing outdoors

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we go to the lib once a week. we also if we really like a book act it out on a rainy day. the kids also have a set story time before bed. they have been taught that books can take you so many fun and different places

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We take part in the summer reading programs and we read every evening before bed (all year long).

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My favorite children's book to read is anything by Rosemary Wells -- she's great. My kids also enjoy here as well as the McDuff series and the Little Critter series of books.

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We do reading everyday anyways but we let him pick a favorite new book as a reward...

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Early in my life reading became a "life" line, a life saver because I could enter another world through reading. I'd like to pass that along.

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I buy books they I know are funny.. that keeps them interested :)

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