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Friday, June 16, 2006

Summer Reading Program

On June 20, the Fairfax County Public Library launches its annual Summer Reading Program. It is one of more than 9,000 public library systems in the U.S. that encourage kids to read for pleasure during the summer. Last year more than 43,000 youngsters participated in our Summer Reading Program here in Fairfax.

Preschoolers to sixth graders read 15 books (or have the books read to them), and students in grades 7-12 read eight books. Kids can read any books they choose. If they need some suggestions to get started, they can pick up a copy of the library’s newsletter This Month. Here are some samples of the recommendations they can find there:

Preschool to 2nd Grade
The Great Tulip Trade by Beth Wagner Brust
The Best Seat in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah
If Not for the Cat: Haiku by Jack Prelutsky
Spiders! by Nicole Iorio

Grades 3-6
Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
The Magician’s Boy by Susan Cooper
Captain Fact: Dinosaur Adventure by Knife
The Get Rich Quick Club by Dan Gutman

Teens
Keeper by Mal Peet
Plastic Man: On the Lam by Kyle Baker
Guys Write for Guys Read by Jon Scieszka
Clueless About Cars by Lisa Christensen

Jacqueline Kennedy may have said it best: “There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." Encourage your kids to read this summer!

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