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Slip On Your Reading Trunks and Dive In
Summer reading can get a bad rap as "homework on vacation." However, naysayers may change their tune if they find the right book. With that in mind, Falmouth Academy Librarian Britta Santamauro compiled a compelling list of titles specially curated for middle-school appeal. She is committed to turning the most avowed bibliophobe into a bibliophile.
Here are some tried and true tips for encouraging reading:
Read by example (show that you value and enjoy reading—and keep reading material laying around)
Go graphic (novels, comics, or manga, I mean—they can be less intimidating)
Read with your ears (listen to audiobooks together—it's still reading)
Buddy read (find a family read or even read-aloud together—they really aren't too old)
15-minute workout (yes, reading builds mental muscle so build a daily practice)
So to quote Roy Blount, Jr., "Slip on your goggles and your reading trunks, for the sun is high. Let me leave you with one more thought. In what season of the year do we find ourselves - I'm speaking for a moment in terms of the physical world - wading through things? Surf. Kelp. Books. Summer."