Are you looking for a way to encourage your children to read this summer?
Visiting your public library is a great place to start. Many libraries have developed terrific summer reading incentive programs, and they offer a variety of entertainment, from puppet shows to classic films. Best of all, most services are free.
According to "Children's Choices," a poll of 5- to 13-year-olds conducted by the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council, the following new children's books are favorites with children:
"Beauty and the Beast" by Marie LePrince de Beaumont, translated by Richard Howard; "Black and White" by David Macaulay; "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" retold by Glen Rounds; "If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems about School" by Kalli Dakos; "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss; and "Seasons" poetry selected by Alberto Manguel.
Single copies of the group's book list are available free. Send a self-addressed envelope with first-class postage for 4 ounces to: Children's Choices, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139.
To share your comments or ideas for family projects, write Donna Erickson, Features Department, The Sun, Baltimore 21278.