Sowing reader seeds

Ways parents can encourage kids to pick up a book just for fun


In the summer, there were lots of excuses: Camp, the pool, the beach, lazy days when it didn't seem so bad if your children were still in their pajamas and maybe watching a little TV or noodling around on an iPad. It was vacation, right? They'd read when school started. Wouldn't pressuring them lead to resistance?

Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Steve Jenkins is a fun exploration of animal sounds.

In Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, a Pakistani American middle-schooler faces challenges that are particular and universal.

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