Via Kelly at Big A little a, we have summer survival advice from Daniel Handler (the "representative" for Lemony Snicket, author of the highly popular Series of Unfortunate Events books). In a recent L.A. Times article, he says, given the dangers of the summer, that "it's best to stay indoors and read". I love it! This is part of a Barnes and Noble summer reading promotion, by which kids can get free books.
Of course, I don't really think that kids should stay indoors all summer, but I do think that kids should read as much as they can. I know I did when I was a kid (o.k., so things haven't changed much since then). As I've mentioned previously, I used to read up in a tree in our front yard. I was also known to climb out onto the roof and read there (don't try this at home, kids!). Or in the attic of the garage. Or by the pool. I distinctly remember swimming out to the wooden raft at a lake that we visited in New Hampshire, one hand held way up out of the water to keep my book dry. And I never went on a car trip without a book in hand.
So I say, to adults and kids alike, go everywhere you can this summer! But take your books with you.