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Tips to keep kids reading this summer
(Courtesy of MorgueFile)

This may shock you, but a new survey shows that kids would rather play video games than read. As a parent who struggles to keep screen time to a miniumm (while also checking email on my iPhone every two minutes), it's a sad reminder of what many of us already know. According to a recent study by Sylvan Learning, reading is less popular than watching TV (75 percent of kids like this best), playing video games (68 percent) or playing outside with friends (65 percent).

Sylvan and the National Summer Learning Association, a non-profit whose mission is to end summer's brain drain, have released this list of tips to get or keep kids interested in reading while school's out:

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