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Tips for getting kids to read classics this summer

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Wondering how you might get your kids hooked on classic books this summer?

Classics are those books that reach across generations and stand the test of time, says Brian Oberle, area librarian for North County Area Library in Glen Burnie. They are books like “Black Beauty” or “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” where the plot, themes and characters appeal to readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Parents should introduce kids to classics because they are great stories, says Natalie Lane, children and youth services librarian for the Kent County Library System. They bring forth thought-provoking ideas and are written in a way that makes them timeless, she says.

“Once you get used to reading the easy stuff, it’s harder to read the classics because the plots are often more complex or the writing is more advanced,” says Lisa Godfrey, mom to avid readers Jane and Emily. “I tried to explain to them the rewards are a little better when you read a classic. They’ll remember it more and get more out of it.”

Want to learn more about how to get kids reading classics and which books might help turn them on? Check out our full story Get your kids hooked on classic books this summer

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