Ten Reason Your Kids Should Participate in a Summer Reading Program

by Rebecca J. Gomez When my kids were young, summer reading programs were a sure thing. For the most part, my children were avid readers, especially my girls. A summer reading program wasn't necessary to encourage them to read, but we participated because it was a fun addition to summer. And the free pizza, books, and water park tickets definitely didn't hurt! There are lots of reasons to participate in a summer reading program or challenge, and here are ten of them: 1. Many summer reading programs offer prizes. And while we all know that reading is its own reward, some kids haven't figured that out yet. For those kids, a prize is just the incentive they need to stick their noses in a book now and then over the summer. 2. It's a fun way to reward those kids who will be reading no matter what! 3. For some families, trips to the library may help break up summer monotony.  4. Summer reading programs promote reading together as a family, especially for those with very young

Snack and Story Time: Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes

By Trine Grillo

Few things are as much fun as catching snowflakes on your tongue. You lift your face to the snowy sky and stick out your tongue as far as you can. Some of the flakes land in your nose and ears, but when you catch one - AHH!  So what do these little miracles of nature taste like? And if you could capture them, what would you do with them?

Here is a sweet story and a delicious snowflake snack to try. And then if you are lucky enough to have snow where you live, get out there and catch some flakes! 

READ: If Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacy Previn


Have you tasted a snowflake?

What did it taste like?

If you have never tasted a snowflake, what do you think it would taste like?

DO: Make Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes 

Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes


Flour tortillas

Melted butter

Sugar sprinkles and/or cinnamon sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Fold the tortillas in half and then in half again.

Use scissors to cut designs just like you would a paper snowflake.

Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Brush with melted butter and shake on the sugar sprinkles or cinnamon sugar.
Bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown along the edges.
Cool and eat up!

Delicious dips: yogurt or whipped cream

Recipe idea from ourbestbites.com


Claire Annette said…
What a great idea to go with a wonderful book. I'm looking forward to sharing this book and trying out the fun recipe.
Rebecca Gomez said…
I hope you enjoy your snowflake story time!