Are you sprinting to finish summer reading? Did you have fun with Arbordale’s summer activities? And the big question, are you ready for school to start again?
If summer reading didn’t go as planned, here are a few tips and tricks to make reading fun in the new school year.
- Always have books available. Make trips to the library a regular part of your weekly routine. Discover new books and classic favorites.
- Continue reading daily and listen to your child read. For shy children, have them read to a sibling, the dog, the cat, the goldfish, or their favorite toy.
- Literacy is not just reading but writing too! Have crayons, pencils, markers and paper available. Write letters and help them to mimic your writing. Have your child draw and tell you a story as they illustrate it.
- Ask your child questions about the stories. Get them to think about what they are reading in fun and different ways.
- Be a reader! Let your child see you reading or have quiet family reading time.
- Let children read for enjoyment.
- Talk to kids about what they are reading.
- Read the book before watching the movie
Test out these tips with Arbordale’s free Summer Reading ebooks that will be available through September 15th. And don’t forget we always have one free ebook of the month. In August we are going to the zoo with ‘Twas the Day Before Zoo Day!
It’s that time of year, kids are feeling antsy. Summer vacation is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean reading isn’t just a good book away. Once again, we have a great summer reading program with ten free ebooks not only to encourage reading, but also get kids outside playing! Check out the buggy science journal, bird nest build, and habitat scavenger hunt for outdoor adventures.
No matter where you live, through books kids can visit the forests, beaches or the zoo. Read our dual-language, interactive ebooks and tell us your favorite book below to enter to win a paperback copy of our summer reading library.
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The Sylvan Dell offices are buzzing with excitement today! June kicks off Summer Reading. We are offering two free movie tickets with the purchase of an eLibrary, and rewarding reading by giving away prizes each week.
Over the course of the next two months go on a road trip with Sylvan Dell from the depths of the ocean then blast into outer space. Every two weeks we will be featuring a new free eBook. For the first two weeks, we are offering Animals are Sleeping for the new reader, and in coordination with the American Library Association theme of the month. Then explore the ocean with Ocean Hide and Seek, seek out where animals live in Habitat Spy, climb into the clouds with A Day on the Mountain and finally blast into space with Solar System Forecast, a Sylvan Dell new release.
With this exciting news, we have also developed a new Sylvan Dell iPad app available for purchase in the iTunes store. Now you can read your favorite Sylvan Dell books on the go. Just like our website the iPad app has auto-flip features audio available in English and Spanish as well as access to our quizzes and For Creative Minds sections.
As you know at Sylvan Dell, we are committed to make learning adventurous, especially when nature is in full bloom. To prevent the “summer-slide” make reading fun with activities, and keep checking with Sylvan Dell for great rewards throughout the summer. Click here and send us a short story about which Sylvan Dell books is your favorite and what makes this books so special. You will win three of Sylvan Dell’s latest books.
Children’s Book Week 2012, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, runs from May 7th through May 14th. In honor of this special week, Sylvan Dell will be offering our full eBook site license FREE on our website the entire week. Use this as a great opportunity to kick off a summer reading program for your students or children! Plus, the free teaching activities and quizzes included with every Sylvan Dell book make it an even better option for kick-starting a great summer! To participate, simply visit www.sylvandellpublishing.com from May 7th through May 13th, and click on the “Children’s Book Week” icon in the upper-right hand corner.
Many Sylvan Dell authors and illustrators are also participating in Children’s Book Week including:
- Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of Baby Owl’s Rescue, Turtles In My Sandbox, and fall 2012’s Animal Helpers: Wildlife Rehabilitators. May 7th-Joppa View Elementary School, Perry Hall, MD
- Jean Heilprin Diehl, author of Three Little Beavers and Loon Chase. May 8th-Bethesda Elementary School, Bethesda, MD
- Suzanne Slade, author of The Great Divide, Multiply On the Fly, The Great Divide, What’s New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping. May 9th-McCormick Place West, Chicago, IL
- Janet Halfmann, author of Home In the Cave, Fur and Feathers, and Little Skink’s Tail. May 9th-South Milwaukee Public Library (6:00-7:30p.m.), South Milwaukee, WI
- Scotti Cohn, author of BIG Cat, Little Kitty and One Wolf Howls. May 10th–West Pelzer Elementary School, Pelzer, SC
- Donna Love, author of The Glaciers are Melting! and Henry the Impatient Heron. May 10th-Avon, MT & May 12th-Missoula, MT
- Janet Ruth Heller, author of How the Moon Regained Her Shape. May 10th-12th-Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
- Christina Wald, illustrator of Habitat Spy, Little Red Bat, Henry the Impatient Heron, and Sylvan Dell Publishing fall 2012’s A Warm Winter Tail. May 12th-Ohaoana Book Festival, Columbus, OH
- Carole Gerber, author of Little Red Bat. May 12th-Ohaoana Book Festival, Columbus, OH
- Cathy Morrison, illustrator of Three Little Beavers, Animalogy, and spring 2013’s Nature Recycles. May 12th-Tattered Cover Bookstore, Highlands Ranch, CO
- Carol A Cole, author of The Penguin Lady. May 12th-Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville, NC & City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
For a complete listing of times and locations for author events, visit www.sylvandellpublishing.com/events.