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Tip of the Day August 3
Turn little bits of nature into one-of-a-kind bookmarks! Teach your child to treat their books with TLC by making special, nature-inspired bookmarks or name labels for each one. Collect leaves, flower petals, sticks, and other objects; then laminate the items or paste them on paper.
Tip of the Day August 2
Read by the light of the moon. Go outside for bedtime stories under the stars with a blanket, a flashlight, and a favorite book to share with your child.
Tip of the Day August 1
Create an outdoor book nook! Find a perfect little corner of your yard, deck, or community park to make a cozy secret spot for curling up with some good books. Fill it with picnic blankets, pillows, snacks, and a pile of books for your kid to pore over.
Tip of the Day July 31
Give your books a beach cover-up! Use construction paper, wrapping paper, or newspaper pages to create summer covers for your child’s favorite books. Let them add stickers, doodles, and their own illustrations. Then take those titles to a beach or pool, where they’ll be better protected from the sun, wind, and water.
Tip of the Day July 30
Start your summer road trip with a stop at the library! Fill a beach bag with books that your family hand-picks to read on the trip. Include books about the places you’re visiting and titles you can read aloud together on the road.
Pack up the kids and pay a visit to school on the Saturday before opening day. A tour around the campus can be a simple way to ease the first-day jitters—especially for those students who will be starting a new school.
Tip of the Day July 27
Dig up and share old photos of you as a child, and tell your child what was happening and where you were in those pictures. It’s hard to imagine Mom or Dad ever being kids, but they’ll be fascinated by the stories you share from such a “long time ago!”
Tip of the Day July 26
Set up time for your child to interview a grandparent or elderly friend about his or her childhood, family life, and career. Encourage kids to write down specific questions beforehand. Grab the camcorder to record their Q&A session; it will be a treasure in years to come.