Day 2 of my 30 Days of Write challenge. I woke up this morning tired (late night last night with the rehearsal dinner for a friend’s wedding) but energized and ready to write! I was thinking about the flip side of writing- reading. This seemed like a great opportunity to spread the word about a great summer reading activity (that is FREE!) for kids from Barnes & Noble.
I’ve written previously about how important I think it is to cultivate a love (or at least appreciation) of reading in children. It’s kind of like sneaking vegetables into something that you know they’ll eat- they benefit from it even if they don’t realize it. Helping a child learn to enjoy reading gives them the tools to become a lifelong learner. (Read some interesting facts about children and reading here. Bottom line- based on statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a divison of the U.S. Department of Education, “Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in school.” Check out that link- good stuff.)
Barnes & Noble has a great FREE program for kids this summer. Read 8 books, capture them in the reading journal, bring the journal into a B & N store, and get a free book! It doesn’t get much easier than that! You can find out more information here. Take a moment to check their website and download the reading journal. It only takes a moment and your kids will love it!