Kimberly Barrett Luttery
Summer Reading and Time for Fun
Summer will soon be here, and unlike the past two years when we were mostly stuck inside, people have started to venture out and enjoy going to venues like parks, attending festivals, and visiting local libraries. So, what plans do you have for the summer? How do you plan to keep yourself and the children in your lives entertained?
One great option is reading. It’s fun, plus, reading will help our youngsters stay on top of their literacy skills until they are back in the classroom next school year. But, perhaps you are not ready to travel and want to stay close to home for a staycation. Reading a book has got you covered. You can go anywhere and do a lot of fun stuff with the right book and a little imagination. There are great books for kids about travel, science, dance, coloring, outer space, mysteries, friendship, family, gymnastics, basketball, hockey, arts & crafts, and so much more.
You can also create fun activities to do based on the books you read. Can’t go to Paris? Turn your kitchen into a Parisian restaurant by decorating your kitchen table and preparing an easy French meal with the family. Not quite ready to go to the water park? Pull out that inflatable pool and slip ‘n side and transform your backyard into one. Purchase some paint, brushes, glitter, pencils, markers, crayons, and easels and turn a space in your home into an art studio.
Want to help children in your community and abroad have access to books? Here are some great organizations to donate to:
Little Free Library near you visit https://littlefreelibrary.org/
Books for Kids https://www.booksforkids.org/
Goodwill Industries www.goodwill.org
Books for Africa www.Booksforafrica.org
Local Libraries take donations of books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and board games. You can also use the internet to search for an organization near you.
I hope that everyone has a great summer full of fun. Until next time, happy reading.
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