Reading Corner

February may be the shortest month, but it makes up for its lack of days with a plethora of celebrations, from Black History Month and Valentine’s Day to Chinese New Year and, this year, the Winter Olympics. This month’s reading challenge is no less eventful, spurring young readers to pick up books that touch on all the above topics while mixing it up with some fun and surprising suggestions.

Here are 10 reading goals for kids of all ages to complete this month:

 For Black History Month, read a Coretta Scott King Award-winning book. (Named for Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, this award is given to the most distinguished children’s and teen’s books about the African American experience.)
 Find a book that rhymes and read it aloud. Using a silly voice is encouraged.
 Reread a favorite picture book and write or draw a valentine to one of its characters.
 Celebrate Presidents’ Day (the third Monday of February each year) by reading a book about a U.S. president.
 Close your eyes and run your hands along a shelf in the library. Choose any book at random and read it.
 Read the first book in a series you’ve never tried.
 Ask a Librarian: What’s a book you fell in love with as a kid (or a kids’ book you’ve read lately) that you think I should read?
 Read a book with a delicious food in the title.
 Read a book about an athlete. (If you’re really into winter sports, tack on a book about one of your favorites!) Read a book under the covers. Any time of day will do, but we recommend using a flashlight!

We are launching the Glenmar Bedtime Stories Event next Wednesday, February 10th. This will be for all grade levels to join. We will meet at 7:45 on Google Meet, nickname: Goodnightgators. 

 Happy Reading!


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