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Summer Reading Tips: 5 Ways to Encourage Reading After School

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Summer is the season to temporarily say good-bye to the school year and begin summer vacation. In fact, many students look forward to that last day of school with anticipation and excitement. Regardless of whether children enjoyed learning during the past school year, summer should still present an opportunity for them to learn while playing.

So, use summer reading as a chance to encourage children to pick a book, novel, or graphic novel. The importance of reading is participating in selecting a book you enjoy. During the summer break, children can still develop their cognitive skills with a few summer reading tips. But summer learning does not have to be a structured curriculum.

One of the reasons for continuing summer learning is to enhance their language skills. By providing motivational reading skills, children will be able to develop more vocabulary and maintain what they learned from before. As a matter of fact, children that are constantly learning, develop skills in language, are better able to deal with stress, and develop their brainpower.

Other studies have shown that being bilingual can actually boost a child’s cognitive skills. But constant learning can only fuel this brainpower. And some of this knowledge can be either through reading story books, participating in summer reading programs, summer activity camps, summer book clubs, music, and other Spanish immersion programs. What are some summer reading tips to motivate children to continue learning?

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What is all the buzz about? The National Spanish Spelling Bee 2013

It is not often to see a group of students to gather and actually enjoy spelling words. It’s even more amazing when these students can get excited to spell Spanish words. What is all the buzzing excitement about?

The exhilarating anticipation is the National Spanish Spelling taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 18th to 20th. At this occasion, students from schools all over the United States will compete for the best Spanish speller title.

Although this is the 4th year of the Spanish contest, the English National Spelling Bee has been providing contests since 1925. And this academic event has televised some of the competitions beginning in 1945. More amazing is the gathering of these children that love to read and learn new words, even if it is to win a prize.

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Dr. Seuss: Celebrating his contribution to the legacy of children literature

In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday, many educators step back a little bit to pay homage to one of the greatest children authors in history. Parents and educators agree that reading is perhaps one of the life skills children need. In a weeklong celebration, many prepare by reading different Dr. Seuss’ books or doing some creative crafts. But let’s consider what this amazing author contributed to children literature.


In 1904, Mr. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2 in Springfield, MA. By the 1920s, he began to publish humorous cartoons under the names Seuss, L. Pasteur, D. G. Rosetti ’25, T. Seuss, and Theo LeSieg. But by 1928, the name Dr. Seuss was officially appearing on his many books. In 1937, he published his first children’s book called “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”. With World War II escalating in 1941, Dr. Seuss began to draw political cartoons. Then, by 1947, he published “McElligot’s Pool”, winner of the Caldecott Honor.

Timeline of Published Works

Later, he started to publish more children’s books:

  • 1954 – Horton Hears a Who!
  • 1957 – Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • 1958 – Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
  • 1960 – Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • 1961 – The Sneetches and Other Stories
  • 1963 – Dr. Seuss’s ABC and Hop on Pop
  • 1971 – The Lorax
  • 1974 – There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
  • 1984 – The Butter Battle Book
  • 1990 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Dr Seuss at the Library


These are some of the amazing examples of Dr. Seuss books for children. Each story represents a specific time in our world of drastic political change or history. Although he published countless books for kids and political cartoons, he established a renowned foundation for children education.

Parents and educators read these wonderful books to their children not to just learn about words and rhyming. But children also learned about how our world has shaped. And what we can do as people that inhabit this Earth. Dr. Seuss teaches us to tell our children about the injustices that occurred in our world and the importance to take care of the environment.


In memory and honor of his literary and artwork, many museums and art galleries celebrate his birthday in a special way:

  • The Springfield Museum located in Springfield, Massachusetts celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with children’s stories, diverse activities, and a cake contest.
  • The UC San Diego has a special exhibition celebrating “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!” It’s open until March 18th, 2013.
  • The Art of Dr. Seuss also has his original collections of art, sketches, and drawing.
  • Dr. Seuss’ political cartoons were not as popular as his children’s books. The PBS Independent Lens tells the political views of Dr. Seuss in a clear and unbiased perspective.

Dr. Seuss or Mr. Geisel, a spokesperson for injustices, a political cartoonist, and a witty children’s author, left behind the legacy of hope and renewal for humanity. He passed away on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California.