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Q: How can I motivate children to read during nice weather?

A: Reading doesn’t have to stop when warm weather beckons. To keep children motivated, explore fun ways to take reading outdoors. 

I loved biking with my children all around the neighborhood with the library as a final destination. Local libraries are open for book pick up that can be scheduled in advance of your biking adventure. Be sure to attach a basket to the bike to carry all the fun titles. Families can even include the promise of a book picnic afterwards. Don’t forget to include fruits, healthy snacks and water. Once everyone has soared on swings and slid down slides, take a break with a good book. 

StoryWalks are a special treat for readers young and old. “A StoryWalk® encourages families to enjoy reading and the outdoors by posting a children's book - a page or two at a time - at intervals in a park, hiking trail or other outdoor site,” stated Capital Area District Library. There are several located throughout our Mid-Michigan community. Although many have been closed due to wintry weather or COVID, some are beginning to open up. This includes the MSU 4H Children’s Garden which is currently open. For more locations and book titles check out this link

You can even create your own version of a StoryWalk® in your backyard. Simply share in writing and illustrating a story. Laminate or slide the pages inside a clear page protector to protect from spring rains. Place or hang along a path and enjoy the memories. 

Happy Learning, 

Mrs. Pizzo

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop 

Robin Pizzo leads the education outreach efforts of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, the PBS and NPR affiliate serving Michigan's capital region. Robin convenes partnerships and coordinates station initiatives such as WKAR Family and Ready to Learn to bring workshops, learning tools, and other resources into the community to help kids be resilient, lifelong learners.
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