Today I’m excited to be a part of Pam Torres’ blog tour for her new middle grade book IT’S NOT JUST A DOG that released in April. Details of the giveaway are after Pam’s guest post.
So here’s Pam.
Rockin’ Summer Reading: Ten Ways To Encourage Kids To Read
article on her blog. She writes,”Summer reading should be a joy. Summer vacation should be a time to stretch out on a hammock or curl up in an armchair and dive deep into a fun, engrossing, fabulous read. Kids who spend time reading during the summer go back to school in the fall with their reading skills improved.” How can we encourage the children in our lives to read? Here is a list of ways to encourage reading:
1- Make or find a reading list. Before school lets out, ask your child’s teacher or librarian for a book list that is at your child’s reading level.
2- Take advantage of your local library’s reading program. They usually have incentives for kids to read and keep a list of what they’re reading. Make it a once-a-week visit.
3- Make sure there are always books and magazines around. Keeping all your books tucked away in a bookcase makes it less likely a child will pick up something to look at or read. Put some in different places, the bathroom, the family room, the kitchen. Make them readily available to spike their interest.
4- Write a personal letter about what you’re reading. If you’re long distance, or even if you’re not, you can write a personal letter encouraging the children in your life to keep a list of what they read. Reward them in some way.
5- Heading out on the road, bring books and audio books. If you always have books on hand, waiting time can be enjoyed by reading or listening to a book. Modeling this type of waiting can help them develop the same reading habits.
6- Inspire buddy reading. Reading can be a social thing. Why not buy two of the same book for your child and his best friend to read together?
7- Read a book out loud. I read to my children until they were well into junior high and even then they liked to hear me read. It’s important to model this behavior. Show them you make time to enjoy reading. Don’t let your reading rituals fall by the wayside because it’s summer. MAKE TIME FOR READING!
8- Subscribe to a magazine. Starting a subscription to a magazine is a great way to encourage reading. I have a great list on my blog here.
9- Make a reading log or tracker. This can be as simple as a piece of paper but if you’re the creative
10- Model reading for pleasure. All my grandchildren call me the reading grandma. They know that I not only write books but I’m interested in what they’re reading. I’m always reading and I talk about reading. They count on me to grow their personal libraries and I take that opportunity very seriously, with messages to them in every book. I’ve even told them if they finish a book I’ve given them and tell me about it, I’ll give them another.
What ideas do you have for encouraging reading this summer?
More Links On Summer Reading:
Children’s Books And Reviews- Links to all the major award lists.
Kimberly Tyson- Links to reading apps and computer programs.
Reading Rockets- Great links to several awesome summer reading programs.
Teachhub.com- More awesome ideas to make summer reading FUN!
Knox News- Article that explains the seriousness of “summer slide.”
Lexile- Article and links to build a Lexile-based reading list.
Home Room- Explains President Obama’s call to action for summer reading.
Reading Is Fundamental- Great ideas and resources.
You can find Pam at:
Here’s a blurb of IT’S NOT JUST A DOG:
School's out for the summer and straight-talking Madison and her friend Cooper have big plans for the summer: working at the kennel, training service dogs and creating a dog-walking business—besides writing her dog-blog. Her stepdad has agreed to make Lilly, Madison's foster puppy, a permanent member of the Morgan family, and Madison wants to make the adoption special.
When an injured dog is abandoned, Madison's determined to discover the truth about the orphaned dog. To crack this crime she'll have to sneak around some shady characters. It'll be tricky since her dad isn't happy about her animal detective activities. Her promise not to get into trouble won't be easy. Madison convinces Cooper to strike out on their own, but Lilly is dognapped and Madison finds herself locked in a shed with no way out. She regrets her crime-fighting obsession and realizes her snooping has endangered everyone she cares about. Cooper rallies an unlikely group of rescuers to bust her out.
n the end Madison learns she can depend on her friends and her stepfather. And when it comes to people and dogs, relationships are never simple, and a dog is never—JUST a dog!
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Grand Prize- Set of illustrations signed by the illustrators, set of bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series, and a dream catcher.
First Prize- 3 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, hard copies of both books in the series.
Second Prize- 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.
Third Prize- 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.
Swag Packages- One 5x7 signed illustration, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, an ebook in the format of your choice.
More chances to win…
Facebook Page Contests- During the month of June the Project Madison Facebook Fan Page will be conducting contests and giveaways, so be sure to check there frequently for a chance to win some great prizes.
Attention Teachers and Parents:Anyone who emails (torres dot pam3 at gmail dot com) a JPG of a tween student holding my book, the student will receive a personalized letter from Madison and signed by Lilly dog.
In addition, they will also be entered into a special drawing for an entire classroom to receive copies of the book and a visit from the author. (Sorry, this is for Washington State Teachers only.) One entry per child, per picture. Be sure to include your school name, teachers name and contact information.
And here’s the rest of the Blog Tour:
19- Social Cafe Magazine
20- This Kid Reviews Books
23- That’s Another Story
24- Pretty Opinionated
25- The Reader’s Perch
26- That’s Another Story
27- Reads 4 Tweens
30- Tales Between The Pages
July 1st- Buried In Books
Here’s what’s coming up:
Next Monday I have an interview with Lindsay Cummings and a giveaway of THE MURDER COMPLEX, her YA futurist thriller that I really enjoyed.
Next Wednesday I’m interviewing debut author and follower Jessica Lawson and a giveaway of her MG historical fiction book THE ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER. This is a fun read and I loved Becky, the adventurous middle grader who has a great voice you can’t help loving.
Then I’ll be off until Wednesday, July 2nd when I have a guest post by Tara Dairman and a giveaway of her MG contemporary novel ALL FOUR STARS.
The Monday after that I’ll be participating in the Just Couldn’t Put It Down Blog Hop. I’ll have lots of great choices for you.
And don’t forget Casey’s Agent Spotlights.
Hope to see you on Monday!