Scholastic Summer Reading Tour Aims To Engage Young Readers
Cape Cod Moms was recently offered an opportunity to visit one of the local legs of a summer reading tour that visited Cape Cod.
The goal of the tour is to make reading come alive. Today with the current technology, publishers, authors, illustrators must compete and find new ways to make reading fun and engaging. And engaging literacy activities is what we found at the Scholastic Summer Reading Book Tour that visited Eight Cousins.
This was a first year project for Scholastic and their two RV’s visited over 25 cities across the United States. Lucky for us, they chose Cape Cod as one of their destination points.
There were opportunities for interviews and autographs with local New England authors which was such a treat for the kids to meet the faces behind some of their favorite books and stories!
There was also some character meet and greets with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Geronimo Stilton, both of which were a hit with the kids, a prize wheel and an animated photo station with options of Clifford or Slappy from Goosebumps.
There were also fun games and tables with face painting, baked goods, reading contracts for cash, and an interactive Star Wars fingerprint center which they allowed kids to try to make their own Yoda. I thought this was a great way of having kids interact with literacy type activities and getting them excited about reading instead of a Pokemon game ;-)
We were invited to come on board the RV and chat a little more about the Book Tour. Inside the RV we were given the opportunity to scope out the table which the authors on the tour had signed along the way. Check out some of these names! Can you match authors with their popular books?
I bet most of our moms can pick out one particular author’s signature who was a blast from the past from our childhood. Having grown up reading the many of the Goosebumps stories I was more than excited to have a chance to pose with Slappy!
Overall we thought the Scholastic Summer Reading Tour was a fantastic way to encourage more reading and literacy activities in a day and age where authors are now competing against the constant onslaught of technology which gives instant gratification. I hope they continue with this tour every year and are able to reach more kids and families across the country to encourage reading and demonstrate just how important and engaging literacy really is. I also love how the local bookstores along the tour are getting involved with this and hope to see more engaging activities like this for our community in the future!
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