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Eureka! Keep Kids Busy with Books this Summer

June 20th, 2014

By Jill Griffith

For years, studies have shown that school-age children lose many of their reading skills over the summer months if they do not continue to read while they are out of school. Summer reading clubs first started when library staff realized that they could make a difference. When further studies demonstrated that children who do not learn to read fluently by fourth grade will likely never feel totally comfortable with the printed word, our job was clear. Keep those children reading and make sure they have fun doing so.   During the school year, kids often have to study and read very specific texts and books. The summertime, however, is a time of freedom, exploration and discovery.

Children have lots of spark and imagination.   Encourage it this summer at Red Deer Public Library Downtown and Dawe Branches with the TD Summer Reading Club.  Your kids can join other “makers and shakers” to invent, create, hack, tinker and innovate using books and stories and ideas as their inspiration. This summer’s theme “Eureka!” is all about connectivity and creativity so bring your children, your family and your friends, and spark something great! The best part of all of this fun is that it’s free fun.  Library memberships are free for children, as is registration and participation in the Summer Reading Club.  Visit Red Deer Public Library and check out these books that will be the sparks that help inspire and the tools that help your children build.  Then for tips, programs and activities to get your children reading all summer and beyond.

  • Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

  • Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio

  • D.I.Y. Kids by Ellen Lupton

  • Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World by  NikkiTate

  • The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

  • Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

  • Injeanuity by Ellen Warwick

  • Let's Make Faces by Hanoch Piven

  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

  • Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

  • Outdoor Crafts: Loads of Fun Things to Make and Do in the Garden

  • Puppet Play: 20 Puppet Projects Made with Recycled Mittens, Towels, Socks, and More! By Diana Schoenbrun

  • Sarah and the Magic Science Project by Hazel J. Hutchins

  • Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight by Marthe Jocelyn

  • Think Big by Liz Garton Scanlon

Tags: Books, education

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