Harry Potter and Other Summer Book Excitement For Kids

Celebrate reading this summer with book events for children and young people at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. Harry Potter fans are counting down to the release date of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, on July 31, 2016, and Barnes & Noble has planned a series of events to honor their excitement, beginning in June.  But more on that later…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Story Times

The classic children’s book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, will be on tap for story time on Saturday, June 11 in B&N bookstores nationwide. There are story times for toddlers and preschoolers virtually every week in most stores. Most story times incorporate a craft activity or singing, and excite young children about books. You can find out about these story time events near you by typing your zip code in at this Barnes & Noble link. Parenting Tip:  As children enjoy story times, they grow to love books, while at the same time having some social interactions with other children. Remember, you can also find story times for young children at your local public libraries. Although, at bookstores your child will find books to buy and treasure as his or her very own, in the library, you can come home with a bag full of free books to read. You might find some that will become your child’s new favorites. 

Summer Reading triathlon

Get your primary school aged child started reading with a free Summer triathlon Reading Journal available at local stores and on-line. Children can earn a free book by participating in the Reading triathlon. In the journal, children are asked questions about their favorite books. On the journal, there is also a list of selected books, from which to choose as a free book. The journal is available at your local B&N Store (or head to BN.com/SummerReading) for a Summer Triathlon Reading Journal on-line.  Parenting Tip:  Your child can use this sheet as a beginning point for writing a journal about the books he or she enjoys, but I would suggest giving your youngster a blank journal notebook for reflecting on the books they read. In the back, you can put short prompts that help them to reflect. “I liked the part about….” “The character            reminds me of……..”  “This place makes me feel……..” “When reading this book I wish I could…..”

Reluctant Readers Might Give These Books a Read

Last year, I wrote about engaging children, who don’t like to read, in reading comic books. There are comic books that have leveled reading lists of vocabulary for children grades 1 and 2 with the grade level clearly marked on the cover or on the back. Graphic novels are also a good way to capture those middle school and high school age reluctant readers. As I mentioned in my old blog post, the art work helps inform the story, giving picture clues to vocabulary, and the drawings place the reader into the scene in the story. For more details on why comic books are a good choice take a look at my blog post,Kick Start Summer Reading Fun.  Reading Teacher Tip for Parents: If you want to know if your child is able to read a particular book on his or her own, let him or her read a passage from the book aloud, and hold up a finger for each word they don’t know. If they hold up no fingers it is a book they are able to read on their own with no help.  If they hold up one finger, it is a book they can read independently, but with an occasional assist, but a good choice. If they hold up two or three fingers, this is a challenging book and they are not able to read it without a good deal of help. This is a book you may have to read with him or her.  Holding up four or five fingers means that the book is too challenging for them to read at this time.

There are other choices of books on Barnes&Noble list, which include some for those reluctant readers who may be into video games. They have a variety of books from some about Sonic the Hedgehog, or Mega Man, and The Labyrinth to books on the World of Warcraft.

Parenting Tip:  Remember, the goal is to get your child interested in reading. These books for gamers get them reading about their favorite characters and their adventures.

Books even video gamers will enjoy!

The free giveaway books range from those for first and second grade read readers like, Detective Camp (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #1) by Ron Roy &  John Steven Gurney,  to books for third graders like, My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara & Marek Jagucki, or a classic like Stuart Little E. B. White. There are also books for 5th and 6th graders like, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume and President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston.

Now Back to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book hits bookstores everywhere on July 31, the day of the play’s premiere in London. With this release, Harry Potter fans around the world will experience reading a book that thousands and maybe millions of other people are reading at the same time. It will be a phenomena — a massive book club with millions of fans of every age, in every country.

The first Harry Potter event will be held at B&N on June 24, 2016 in stores across the country. There will be activities like coloring and crafts for younger children, Harry Potter Trivia contests, and the construction of a Wrebbit 3D Hogwarts Astronomy Tower puzzle, and chances to win 7 Harry Potter limited edition posters.  Find events near you.

The next will be July 30, 2016, the night before the release, and it also a celebration of author J. K. Rowling’s birthday. And on July 31 it is a celebration of the book’s premiere, and the day readers can get their hands on the book, and celebrate its release. Parenting Tip:  When young people find kindred spirits (no pun intended) who love books, they feel an intellectual connection to literature. So as they meet others who share a love of books, or characters their love of reading grows.  

So get out to a B&N bookstore with your kids, or grand children. There is a lot going on, and you will be giving them a gift that keeps on giving for a lifetime, the love of books.

Alert ** Google’s Coding Program for New York City Students This Summer. Go to Scholarships Page for more information. 

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