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Help your children become good readers by reading with them every day and encouraging them to look at books on their own. Reading with children can become a special way to spend time together, and also helps them develop language and listening skills, build vocabulary and understand the world around them. Check out the resources below for tips on reading with children.

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Extend the Learning with Books (PDF)
Sharing Stories is for Everyone (PDF)

Studies show that children who continue to read during the summer are better equipped to deal with the upcoming school year. Children and teens have the opportunity to participate in library concerts, read-along programs, and celebrations to explore the 2009 New York Statewide Summer Reading Program theme, titled "The Arts". This year, to commemorate the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, four reading lists celebrating history have been created to entice children's interest in the diversity and history of the state.

Don't know where to start? Begin helping your child nurture a love of summer reading by checking out some of the resources below!

Interested in finding out more about the 2009 New York Statewide Summer Reading Program? Check out this fact sheet on the program!

The New York Statewide Summer Reading Program Public Service Announcement (PSA) is available for viewing in English and Spanish here!

Having trouble motivating your kids to read? Check out these six easy ways!

Six Easy Ways to Get Children to Read (English) (PDF)
Six Easy Ways to Get Children to Read (Spanish) (PDF)

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Ideas for Sharing Books with Your Child

  • Look at the book cover with your child and ask him to predict what the story will be about

  • Make up a new ending to the story together with your child

  • Read the story to your child, and then let her "read" the story to you

Take a look at this month's featured lesson plan.

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For more thematic units visit the PBS TeacherSource From The Start monthly theme archive.

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