Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Seize the Summer and Read Aloud 15 Minutes Every Day

Well, we missed the kickoff a couple of days ago for the "Seize the Summer" campaign from because we were on vacation seizing the summer.

Back to reality today and catching up on my social media, I fell in love with the campaign's message regarding the dreaded "summer slide." The simple dollars and cents message that not reading to your children could be very costly is not only a huge motivator to pick up a book and read, but it also provides the justification I need for the financial investment I have made with the copious amounts of books I have purchased in the past couple of months.

If you are looking for some great ideas on how to seize the summer with reading, I highly recommend checking out Jen Robinson's post. The post has some great tips for reading aloud and helpful information about why reading aloud is so important.

So how did we seize the summer? Well, we went to a Wetland's Institute on their "Turtle Tuesday" and learned all about animals that live in the wetlands and the nearby ocean. We picked up this adorable finger puppet book from the gift shop. My little one giggles up a storm when we read it. (It is the Little Shark Finger Puppet Book from Chronicle Books.)

We also went on a Pirate Cruise. (We brought our "Flat Percy" along for the ride. Percy is the mascot  for the daycare both my daughter's attend.)

Which, of course, meant that we had to read I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit by Pamela Allen as soon as we got home. It has been a favorite in our house for years now.

With all the adventures we had during our week and a half traveling, somehow, books just seemed to be a part of the fun. And of course, at the end of the day, books provided the much needed calming moments to ready ourselves for bed.

Check out the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Every Child. Every Parent. Every Day. summer reading message for more tips on integrating reading into your summer activities.

What books have been a part of your summer adventures?


  1. Thanks for linking to my post. I love your ideas for pirate adventures!


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