Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Latino Children's Summer Reading Program

From Monica Olivera,

On Monday, June 1st, Latinas for Latino Lit will launch our third annual Latino Children's Summer Reading Program. This year's program is huge with a new, bilingual family-friendly website and two fully digitized programs: Our basic Summer Reading Program for children up to 18 years old, and our Summer Reading CAMP for children 6 - 12 years old. 

The basic program is for kids up to 18, as well as parents with newborns and children up to 4 years old. All are challenged to read 8 books over the summer, and it comes with culturally-themed downloads, our Summer Reading Lists, and an online reading log.

The CAMP is an ambitious project that provides 10 weeks of literacy-building activities, such as reading passages and writing pages, designed specifically for Latino children. Each week features a different theme (i.e., Sports, Art, Poetry, Food), and we are lucky to have contributions this year from authors Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, René Colato Laínez, and Lulu Delacre. I look forward to expanding this collaboration with other authors and illustrators in the future.

Both programs offer the families a chance to win great prizes such as Latino children's books, chromebooks, and much more. 

But the best part is that both programs are completely FREE to everyone including groups. Early registration opened on May 1st and we already have over 40 groups that have registered, including many Spanish immersion classes across the country, the City of Santa Barbara & their United Way branch, summer schools, and libraries. We also have well over 200 individual families who have registered. Already we have exceeded the number of participants of the last two years.

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