We have one month to go before Summer begins. Didn’t school JUST start? It seems like the school year just blasted on by, didn’t it? Besides planning fun stuff like water parks, road trips, and lazy Summers filled with ice cream, my little family is all about getting ready for Summer Reading. Last year, we threw a Summer Reading party with all of their friends to celebrate the start of the season and encourage kids, in the neighborhood, to continue to read. It was a blast! This year, we’re planning another reading party and coming up with fun ways to help MORE kids discover the joy of reading.
To help us jumpstart this tradition, American Girl is inviting girls and moms to Read-a-palooza, a summer reading program created for girls ages 8 to 12 which provides fun activities and incentives to inspire them to keep their reading skills sharp and encourage engagement in a variety of different literacy activities!
To further emphasize the importance of reading and to help a great cause during its Read-a-palooza campaign, American Girl is partnering with Save the Children’s U.S. literacy program. Save the Children’s U.S. Programs work to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need—access to a quality education, healthy foods, and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters like hurricanes and wildfires strike, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.
From May 1 through September 3, 2012, $1 of every book purchased through American Girl (up to a maximum of $100,000) will support Save the Children’s efforts to raise literacy rates in impoverished communities by providing basic education and equipping schools and teachers with reading materials. In addition, American Girl will make its third donation of books to Save the Children this fall, bringing the value of the company’s total book donation to nearly $1.5 million.
My 8-yr-old daughter came home so excited about her new reading level test. She is now reading at a 7th grade level and wants to shout it to the WORLD! It doesn’t stop there though. She is bound and determined to improve her reading skills and has, personally, asked me if she could start a girls Summer Reading club with her friends in the neighborhood. They’ll have snacks, do American Girl crafts, and talk about the book they’re reading that particular week. What a great way to ban together as friends and encourage one another to read!
For more information about Read-a-palooza and American Girl’s partnership with Save the Children, visit americangirl.com/reading or find them American Girl on Facebook.
I want to help your the girls in YOUR life kick off the Summer with an American Girl Book Bundle jam packed with:
- 2012 Girl of the Year books: McKenna and McKenna Ready to Fly
- The nonfiction advice book: Take the Challenge
- Nonfiction advice book: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself
- The Innerstar University Book: Behind the Scenes
- A Cecile Mystery: The Cameo Necklace
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