Calling All Young Readers

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The children in our lives enjoy—and benefit from—all the pleasures that summer vacation holds, but we don’t want these precious children to experience a slide in their reading and writing abilities during their long break from school. We can tempt them with books and quizzes and games and wonderful programs at their local libraries.

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I’ve come across another appealing way to encourage your mini-bookworms to read and express their opinions this summer: the opportunity to be a published literary critic through the Chicago Tribune Read and Write program.

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Open to children 5 – 16, a selection of the submitted book reviews will be published in Printers Row Journal or online. Submissions must be in by August 15.

This contest is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to get involved. Help your grand select a book—maybe suggest one of your childhood favorites. Read to a younger child or listen to an older one read to you. If your grand is a teenager, read the same book and then compare notes. Discuss the book’s plot, themes and characters and their reactions in an age-appropriate way, and encourage them to write a review. Younger children can simply draw their reviews.

Happy Reading!

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4 thoughts on “Calling All Young Readers

  1. Grandma Kc July 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm Reply

    What a great idea — thank you! I will definitely discuss this idea with Amara!

  2. belindambrock July 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm Reply

    Good Luck to Amara, if she decides to try her hand at reviewing!

  3. Susan Adcox July 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm Reply

    Great idea! Also, I can’t say enough good about summer reading programs at local libraries. I loved them, my kids loved them and now my grandchildren are loving them!

  4. belindambrock July 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Thanks, Susan. And I am in total agreement with you about the public library (http://belindabrock.com/2013/05/21/that-lovin-feeling/): “Going to the library was my favorite neighborhood outing. My mother—my lovely mother—carried home shopping bags full of books and never complained (though she was a bit annoyed that I kept the books too long, thus, accruing overdue fines).”

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