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Think It’s Too Early to Plan for Summer Reading? Think Again!

Post by Kathy Stewart
Posted February 21, 2013 in Kids & Book News

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It’s hard to believe that while there’s still snow on the ground in many areas, it’s time to think about summer reading. What I remember about summer reading – the feeling that I had all the time in the world to read, and could choose whatever interested me – seems markedly different than our kids’ reality today, a reality often with an emphasis on summer reading programs and school summer reading lists.

For public librarians and school media specialists, parents and educators, getting kids interested in reading at all during the summer, let alone participating in summer reading programs, is a lot of work, but for most of us, it’s a labor of love. And what a payoff -- research points to the overwhelmingly positive impact of summer reading programs to combat loss of learning, along with fostering a love of libraries through a welcoming attitude and environment, and through better (and regular) access to books.

This month, our Kids & Books newsletter is devoted to summer reading, with information and book suggestions to jump-start your planning. Many of the titles suggested follow the Collaborative Summer Library Program themes, “Dig Into Reading” (Children) and “Beneath the Surface” (Teens)

As a former children’s librarian in a public library, and now as a juvenile content specialist with NoveList, I’m looking forward to editing Kids & Books and sharing with you all kinds of information and best practices about bringing kids and literature together.

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