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Best books for summer reading

On the final day of summer break last year, my daughter devoured Caddie Woodlawn. Last week I wrote about the techniques I use to encourage my children to read. This week, I am sharing a list of our favorite books. Some of them are award-winners—but even better—all of them win the approval of my three unforgiving children. So pull out the hammock, spread out a blanket, or puff up a beanbag. These books are sure to draw you in! 0–2 years Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle Drummer Hoff, Barbara Emberly and Ed Emberly The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, Bill Martin Jr. Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper Good Night, Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann Quick as a Cricket, Audrey Wood Piggies, Audrey and Don Wood
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Cost-cutting technology #3: E-readers

Now you can buy one new e-reader with several uploaded texts for the price of two high school textbooks. When you consider that the average high school student uses at least four or five textbooks every school year, it makes sense that more and more schools are replacing textbooks with e-readers. In addition to math, science, and history textbooks, you can download free children’s books with reading support or classic literature on the public domain for your older students. Plus, with many e-readers, you don’t need a wireless network to download new texts, which saves you the cost of implementing one. Cost-saving reasons aside, e-readers have many additional benefits. They aren’t easily outdated like their textbook counterparts, they are smaller and lighter (reducing classroom storage and back strain), and they help to motivate the most reluctant readers.
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