Today is the last day of school in our town. If it hasn’t arrived in your area, it will be here soon. If you haven’t already packed the days ahead with non-school fun, it’s a good time to think about summer reading.
How about your children? Is the thought of release from school studies their eagerly awaited opportunity to read to their heart’s content, or have they slammed the last book shut with a sigh of relief and look forward to not glancing at a page of print for the next three months? Do you, like the libraries, have to offer incentives of special treats and prizes to entice your children not to neglect their books? Either way, we are wondering how we here at Living Books Library can help you make the occupation of reading a bigger part of your children’s lives.
What are your reading plans this summer? Do you need suggestions for books, suggestions for implementing enjoyable reading time, advice for interesting your children in reading at all? What are your hesitancies, fears or apprehensions—basically, what prevents you from having avid readers in your home?
Write and let us know. I plan to list summer reading lists for various ages and tastes all summer. What kinds of books do you need to know about? In addition, I will attempt to thoughtfully answer any concerns you face with reading in your family.
And, what about you, Mom? Now is your time to explore and indulge in books yourself. How can we help you make a plan, spend time in the best books? Again, we will gladly answer your questions for your own reading dilemmas.
We do have one ulterior motive beyond the ultimate one of building a reading culture, and that is feedback. We would be delighted to hear your children’s reaction to the books they read, positive or negative, enthusiastic or apathetic, endorsement or denunciation. We would also like to hear from parents about their successes and failures, attempts and challenges.
The stretch of summer seems long, but we all know the days fly by swiftly. Let’s seize the season and enjoy the sun and savor travels with new friends to new places—many of them in books.
For the joy of reading,