Like many elementary-school students last summer my then 10-year-old gleefully came home from her last day of school with a big, dopey smile pasted on her face and proceeded to sing (so many times I lost count) in a high-pitched squeaky voice, “School is over! Yippee!” Then she handed me a thick manila envelope containing all of her summer homework assignments, which she then pinky-swore she would diligently complete on a weekly basis.
During that first week between the end of school, my little student buzzed through her math worksheets, finished book reports and even told us, her bewildered parents, that she wanted our family to institute a no-TV day. Then she essentially instructed us to turn off the TVs in our house and enjoy a day of reading.
Unfortunately, this moratorium on TV only lasted until my daughter started camp and since then getting her to read a book, much less write a book report, has been, to put it mildly, quite a challenge. After a day at camp swimming and playing sports, she simply couldn’t seem to get her head even remotely inside the pages of a book. And of course this led to many arguments and book reports that got done only after much coaxing and pleading – mainly on my part!
So this summer I am committed to filling her shelves with books that I hope will inspire my daughter to open up a book. Here are some of my favorites, care of American Girl, that I’m fairly convinced will help jump-start your child’s desire to read, too!
This summer, to celebrate books and encourage girls to keep their reading skills sharp while school is out, American Girl is introducing Read-a-palooza, a summer reading program created for girls ages 8 to 12. Packed with fun activities and incentives that encourage literacy, Read-a-palooza will runs from May 1 to September 3, 2012, and includes a charitable partnership with Save the Children’s U.S. literacy program.
To participate in Read-a-palooza, girls can visit americangirl.com/reading, where they can download colorful bookmarks and free book-related content, such as tips and materials for starting a book club. They’ll also be able to do reading challenges and take fun, interactive quizzes. Starting in June, girls can participate in Read-a-palooza by visiting an American Girl retail store, where free reading events will be offered all summer long.
To further emphasize the importance of reading and to help a great cause during its Read-a-palooza campaign, American Girl is partnering with Save the Children’s U.S. literacy program. Now through September 3, 2012, $1 of every book purchased through American Girl (up to a maximum of $100,000) will support Save the Children’s efforts to raise literacy rates in impoverished communities by providing basic education and equipping schools and teachers with reading materials. In addition, American Girl will make its third donation of books to Save the Children this fall, bringing the value of the company’s total book donation to nearly $1.5 million.
For more information about Read-a-palooza and American Girl’s partnership with Save the Children, visit americangirl.com/reading So what are you waiting for… go get thee to an American Girl store (web or brick n mortar) and buy these fab books– they’re not just good for your daughter’s soul but you’ll be helping kids around the world read too!