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By Kristi Holmes Espineira, Mackintosh Littleton Director of Advancement

You can’t tell from today’s surprise spring snowstorm, but summer is just around the corner! Mack students will soon go home with their summer reading lists, and solo reading is an important part of nurturing kids’ reading skills over the summer. But have you considered how reading aloud to your child, through middle school and beyond, can be part of your family’s summer reading routine?

If you’re a parent of an emergent reader, you may already have a routine that includes reading aloud. As your children grow and become fluent independent readers, this precious family reading time can fall by the wayside in our busy lives. So we want to issue a summer reading challenge to our Mack parents: increase your read-aloud time with younger children, or rekindle your read-aloud time with the older kids — even pre-teens!