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Getting Your Child to Read this Summer

Tim Green Getting Your Child to Read this Summer

June is officially here and that means that summer is just around the corner. And what does summertime mean to most? Warm weather, suntans, relaxing by the pool and no school! Schoolchildren get a nice three month break from school to bask in the warm rays of the sun. Unfortunately, this lack of school work is the perfect chance for children to forget everything they learned. In order for your child to retain their knowledge and education, it is best if they continue to read throughout the summer. However, that is easier said than done considering that most children would rather play outside with friends than sit inside and read a book.


So how can you get your child to enjoy reading during their summer break? Hopefully, these tips should get your child reading for the rest of the summer.



Technology is all around us and it is taking over our lives. Today’s children are growing up in a world where physical paper is no longer a necessity. So electronic methods of reading books are a viable option. If your child shows resistance to reading a traditional paperback or hardcover novel, then why not appeal to their digital generation and get them reading on an e-reader? As long as your child is reading and learning during the summer, the medium they choose to acquire that knowledge is not important.


Consider other forms of reading

Getting your child to read a classic novel like The Grapes of Wrath or The Great Gatsby can prove to be difficult, especially during the summer; that is why looking into other forms of reading can prove beneficial. Comic books and graphic novels can stimulate your child’s brain and contain colorful images that are sure to entertain and engage. And for those that believe that comic books can not provide any educational substance, there are comic books that are specifically designed to be educational.


Visit a bookstore or library

While your child may have a clear schedule for the rest of the summer, you most likely still have to work. However, whenever you get the chance, make sure to take your child to a bookstore or library. By surrounding your child with books, they can only become more interested in reading. And it also helps if your child sees you reading as well. Set a good example and your child will follow suit.


Hopefully, some of these methods will work for you and get your children reading as many books as they can! Keep on reading and have a great summer!

Former Henninger Basketball Coach, Joe Mazella, Named Character in Tim Green’s Next Book

There are a million ways to come up with character names for a book. You can look in a baby naming book, research popular names from other era’s, or pay tribute to an important friend or family member. It’s always exciting when you find the perfect name for a character, and for Tim Green, giving his fans the chance to name a character is incredibly rewarding.

Several years ago, Tim Green came up with the idea of holding contests online, asking his fans to nominate inspiring people in their community that they would like to see memorialized in one of their favorite authors books. Using Facebook, the community votes for their favorite nominees. This month, another character was named.

After a five-day contest on Facebook, former Henninger High School boys basketball coach Joe Mazella will be the name of a teacher in Tim Green’s next book, titled “Left Out.”

Joe Mazella was a beloved basketball coach, physical education teacher, and assistant principal at Henninger High School who died in 2009 from self-inflicted wounds after receiving negligent treatment which resulted in him being overmedicated on anti-depressant drugs.

Mazella was a staple of the community and a dedicated staff member of Henninger High School for 28 years. His death shocked those who knew him, as he was thought of as an upbeat person to be around with a great sense of humor. His funeral was attended by thousands.

As a coach, Mazella had a record of 245-78, including nine league championships, five Section III basketball titles, five regional, and five final four appearances. In 2002, his team won the Class A state championship, the first one in Section III. He even coached former Syracuse University guard Lazarus Sims and NBA player Andray Blatche.

Joe Mazelle Court - Henniger High SchoolThree months after Mazella’s death, Henninger High named its basketball court in honor of their late coach.

Tim Green has named his characters after a number of inspiring individuals like Joe Mazella. Griffin Engle from Cicero, who died at age 7 in 2014 after a battle with brain cancer, appeared as a character in the book, “Kid Owner.” Christian Brothers Academy baseball player Jack Sheridan, who is currently battling leukemia, appears as a character in Tim Green’s latest book, Baseball Great sequel “Home Run.”

“Really it just feels good,” Tim Green told Syracuse Media Group, “because people are happy to remember someone. They’re happy to know they’re going to be in this book. It’s something that’s just fun. Instead of throwing away the opportunity. I thought it would be nice to provide people – like all of Joe’s fans and supporters – an opportunity, even if it’s just on Facebook, to say how much they miss him, how much they loved him, everything he did for them.”

Mazella is survived by his wife and three daughters who still live in Syracuse. His widow, Janice, said their daughters were very excited to see their father win the contest.

Green used to use the names of his children and their friends as characters, but as his roster of books began to grow, so did his desire to make the process more meaningful.

“One day I thought, instead of making up names why not solicit names from people who follow my Facebook page,” he told Syracuse Media Group. “Sometimes it’s just someone who has a lot of friends on Facebook. But it seems like lately it ends up being, more often than not, someone like Joe who was wildly popular.”

Tim Green started writing books for middle grades – kids from 8 to 14 years old – about 10 years ago. “Left Out” will be available for purchase on September 27th, 2016.

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Tim Green Names Courtney Wagner As Book Finalist

Courtney Wagner, a Canandaigua, NY teen has been named a finalist in one of the many nominations that Tim Green has posted to his Facebook page. Courtney has stolen many hearts as she has battled brain cancer while playing for her high school basketball team, unbending to her illness’s will. Tim has been opening his writing up to the public as he has been allowing his Facebook following to nominate names for characters in his latest books.  Courtney received so many nominations (by way of “likes”) that Tim Green named her one of the finalists to the selection process. To view the video highlighting the voting process and Courtney herself, see below:

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Name Contest For Tim Green’s Latest Book

Tim Green, Syracuse Orange Alumnus, has recently been crowd-sourcing names for his latest children’s novels. Multiple characters have taken names of real people who have been voted on by the public. Through Facebook he has conducted these contests with the newest one being conducted for latest work “Full Ride”.header-meet-tim

Early this month, Green posted on his Facebook page that he would open a discussion for what the next character in his book’s name would be. The first comment came from Julie Brown suggesting “Joe Ros”. Joe was a military veteran and community activist who tragically passed away on Memorial Day this year. While at the beach with his family, Joe swam out to rescue his children from a riptide. After seeing them safely to shore he suffered what is being considered heart failure from exhaustion and collapsed.

Joe’s name was brought into the conversation so often Tim Green added him to the short list of possibilities. After narrowing down a few finalists, Joe’s picture was added to Green’s page in a voting contest, ballots being cast by “liking” photos of the finalists.

When voting had finished, Joe and a young man who unfortunately passed away in may remained as the two finalists for the character’s name. Tim would consider the two and ultimately use both names for characters in his book.

After the final decision was made, Tim posted to his timeline stating: “Two men, missed by so many. They’ll both appear as characters in my upcoming novel, FULL RIDE. Thanks to all for voting and remembering Gage Fisher and Joe Ros.”

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Tim Green Names Teacher In New Book

Tim Green recently visited East Northport, New York to visit East Northport Middle School. The school lost one of their faculty members to a sudden death shortly after Tim visited and he is planning on naming a character after the deceased in his latest book, “Lost Boy”. To read the original article, please click on the picture below.

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