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

Inspiring Writers with GRUMPYCORN

by Tina Cho

In the book Grumpycorn by Sarah McIntyre, Unicorn sets out to write a new story. He sits in his special writing house, gets his special fluffy pen, his special moonberry tea, fancy notebook, and waits for an idea. But ideas don’t knock on doors. Friends do. And Unicorn gets upset. You’ll have to read this book to see how it ends. 

Being a writer, I connected with this book. And I shared it with my kindergarten students who are also learning to write. We writers set ourselves up for success with shiny pens and notebooks, but the problem is—finding ideas and executing a good story.

Picture books open up discussion with children. If you want your child to write, you can use a picture book like Grumpycorn to introduce the writing process. Your child could even write a story with the help of family or friends like Unicorn does. Your child could get a special notebook and pen and jot down ideas for great stories.

My kindergartners love writing their own stories on their own topics. And it’s picture books that inspire them. 

Happy reading and writing!


Trine Grillo said…
HaHa! Great post, Tina.
Mindy Baker said…
Love this book suggestion! Putting it on my to-be-read list!