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Five Tips to Get Your Kids Reading (@TimGreenBooks)

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I'm a huge advocate of reading. That's why I've partnered with the NFL to start the Play 60/Read 20 initiative. We know that 60 minutes of physical activity is good for kids. Now it's time to encourage 20 minutes of reading, as well. Here are 5 tips to get your kids reading.

For the full post: http://harpercollinschildrens.tumblr.com/post/130127403931/play-60-read-20

Tim Green, a former NFL football player, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Football Genius series, the Baseball Great series, Best of the Best, Unstoppable, First Team, and Kid Owner among other great sport titles for middle-grade readers.

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Five Tips to Get Your Kids Reading (@TimGreenBooks)

  1. 1. Five Tips To Get Your Kids Reading Tim Green
  2. 2. YOU GET THEM STARTED Find a chapter book and read a couple chapters with your son or daughter. Once they’re into the story, encourage them to find out what happens next by reading on their own. 1
  3. 3. READING BEFORE SCREEN TIME Unless you’re in a rare minority, your kids spend a significant amount of time on a screen—TV, tablet, computer, or phone. It’s the world we live in, but have them get their reading in BEFORE screen time. 2
  4. 4. THERE ARE NO BAD BOOKS If your kids want to read picture books, graphic novels, cheesy series books, or classics, let them. It’s the act of READING that gets their brain stronger. 3
  5. 5. THE MORE YOU READ, THE MORE YOU CAN READ Remember, reading is like ice skating, the more you do it, the better you get and the more things you can do. Don’t rush your kids to skate backward (or read advanced material) until they’re having fun just skating around with a walker (or reading Captain Underpants). 4
  6. 6. IF THEY DON’T ENJOY A BOOK, PUT IT DOWN I tell the thousands of kids I speak to each year that if they don’t love a book after the first five chapters to put it down (unless it’s a school assignment). I hope you’ll do the same. 5
  7. 7. Thank you! TimGreenSyracuse.org Do you have another tip? Please leave let me know! @TimGreenBooks

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