By now summer vacation is well underway, which means your children may (or may not) be getting a little antsy and bored. Now is the perfect time to get them reading! If your children are always on-the-go, full of energy, you may wonder how to even get started. How about packing up a picnic and taking them to their favorite local park? When you first arrive, let them play and scamper. Watch as they have fun on the monkey bars or race across the green lawn as they laugh under the watchful summer sun. Let them romp and embrace being a child.
When they tire, and they will, have them come and relax on a blanket under a large, old oak where the shade gives them a cool place to relax. They will be sure to appreciate the picnic lunch you have so thoughtfully brought along to feed their hungry tummies. When they have eaten to their hearts' content, they may begin to get a little sleepy, which is the perfect time to pull out that book you sneaked into the picnic basket. Begin reading to them and watch as they snuggle down; perhaps laying their sleepy heads upon your lap. Engage them in the story as you read by asking them questions or making little commentaries. Eventually, they may drift off into slumber and that is okay! Now is the perfect time for you to pick up that second book hidden in the picnic basket. Settle back against nature's favorite chair and take a deep sigh. This is your time. With a smile on your face, lose yourself within the pages of a beckoning friend, and enjoy the tranquility of the moment as all is right with the world.
To jump start this lovely scenario, I will be hosting another free book giveaway this summer of Dani and the Haunted House on Amazon.com. Be sure to download your free Kindle copy on Friday, July 18th! I hope you will join Dani on her adventures!
Remember, you have to plant a seed today if you want to promote growth tomorrow. Wishing you all a lovely summer full of reading,
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