3 Great Children’s Books for the Summer

Tim Green-3 Great Children’s Books for the Summer

It’s the dead of summer and you know what that means: kids don’t have to be in school for about 3 months. What does the average child do over the course of a traditional summer? Usually, he or she watches television, plays video games or plays outside with friends and family. While those are all perfectly fine things to do, the former two activities tend to have something of a detrimental effect on children’s minds if not done in moderation. They can cause children to forget most of what they’ve learned during the school year. They need an activity that will keep them occupied and happy, while also bolstering their education. With that being said, I’ve decided to compile a shortlist of books that any child should read over the long summer break.

 

Cosmic Cosmonauts

I understand that most children aren’t overly eager to read a book over the summer, however, Cosmic Cosmonauts should definitely take some of the “boredom” out of reading. It is a graphic novel centered on the adventures of two boys, Jeremy and Justin, who accidentally bring their favorite video game to life. The twin brothers must overcome their different personalities to beat the real-life video game. With a hilarious and heartwarming story and fantastic illustrations all done by Christopher Eliopoulos, this graphic novel is sure to entice young readers.

 

Babymouse: Lights, Camera, Middle School

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm are at it again with another entry in their tried-and-true Babymouse series, Babymouse: Lights, Camera, Middle School. In order to fit into her new and difficult middle school, Babymouse joins the film club in order to create a movie about her experiences. Another graphic novel jam-packed with gorgeous illustrations, weird and whacky characters and a hilarious story that should entertain youngsters all summer long.

 

National Geographic Kids Almanac

This might sound like an incredibly strange way to end the list, but the National Geographic Kids Almanacs (NGKA) are some of the best reading material for children, period. What makes them so perfect is the fact that they are educational, which is definitely what kids need during the long summer break. And while you’re probably thinking to yourself, “It’s hard enough to get children to read something at all, let alone something that’s educational.” That’s the best part of the NGKA! They are full of fascinating information and facts as well as vibrantly colored pages, visually entertaining illustrations and some of the most gorgeous, high-resolution images that are all designed to engage and hook children. The almanacs cover a wide range of topics, from animals to astronomy to food. While you should probably purchase the most recent 2017 edition, it couldn’t hurt to purchase the previous editions — chances are, your child will enjoy them so much they’ll be begging for all of them!

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.

 

E-books

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!

Educational Technology for Kids

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It’s no secret that we are living in a digital age. Technology is advancing at such an alarming rate that a Jetsons-style society is no longer so unfeasible. And while some believe that technology does more harm than good, it is impossible to discredit all the good that tech has done for us as a species. Business, infrastructure and philanthropy are only a small fraction of the industries that have been impacted by technology. One aspect of our society that has benefited the most from advanced tech is education. As a huge proponent of education, I’m thrilled with the new technological breakthroughs that are allowing us to do more with the way we teach our kids. Here are a few of the most exciting developments being made in the classroom.

One of the most touching stories regarding technology’s implementation with education has to be that of Peyton Walton, a young girl from Maryland who was diagnosed with cancer. Because of her radiation therapy, she cannot leave her hospital bed. Because of this, Peyton missed the atmosphere of being in a classroom and learning new things with her friends. Fortunately, through the power of technology, Peyton was able to virtually attend class. Nicknamed PAVS (Peyton’s Awesome Virtual Self), the robot is essentially an iPad firmly connected to a rolling robot of sorts. Through the use of the robot, Peyton is able to view the class’ daily activities, using the iPad as a two-way video communicator. And because the iPad is connected to a movable robot, Peyton can “move” around the class, allowing her to move about with her friends and speak to teachers. It’s not only fascinating technology, it is a heartwarming example of how much of an impact technology can have on our society. Allowing a young girl, who would otherwise feel alienated from her classmates, to feel included is an amazing accomplishment; and it’s all in the name of education!

Another fascinating use of technology in a classroom is virtual reality (VR). Virtual reality is pretty self-explanatory. Essentially, children wear goggles that are fed a virtual image from a computer. These images then surround the children, simulating a real world experience. It is truly remarkable. This technology has been around for quite some time, but it has only gotten better since its creation. According to an article from ARVRMagazine.com, when children use the technology, engagement is unparalleled. It completely entices them and captures their attention, making them want to learn as much as they can from the program. 

Technology is no longer an option; it has invaded every part of our daily lives. And it has been an incredible boon in many industries, particularly education. I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Child Literacy on the Rise

Tim Green Syracuse - Child Literacy on the Rise

As somebody who has dedicated a huge portion of his life to children reading and child literacy, I understand the importance of child literacy. The ability to read has always, and will always be, an incredibly important skill in adulthood. As the author of multiple children’s and young adults books, I have always pushed for child literacy. And that work is paying off.

 

According to a recent report from USA Today, child literacy is far better today than it was ten years ago. According to a test conducted over the course of 12 years at Ohio State University, students who are in kindergarten are learning now what they used to in first grade. This more robust, earlier learning has directly resulted in higher reading proficiency.

 

The study surveyed hundreds of thousands of students from thousands of schools in 44 states. After being tested in both basic and advanced literacy skills, the researchers realized that today’s children are challenged much earlier than before.

 

Professor of Teaching at Ohio University, Emily Rodgers noted the staggering difference in literacy rates, stating, “Children are better prepared when they enter first grade than they used to be. Kindergarten is the new first grade when it comes to learning reading skills.”

 

The test found low-performing children’s basic understanding increase in a variety of skills, ranging from letter identification to print awareness.

 

While this news is incredibly heartening to advocates for child literacy, unfortunately there is still much work that needs to be done. Jerome D’Agostino, a co-author of the study believes that there is a “missing link” between teaching low-performing students literacy skills and having them implement those skills in reading. Rodgers believes that we are focusing too heavily on the basic skills instead of offering “opportunities to actually read text.”
Regardless, I am incredibly happy to hear that child literacy rates, in any capacity, are improving. I am confident that, as we continue to study and adapt our literacy curriculums, we will one day achieve near universal literacy levels.

Glowing “Baseball Genius” Review

Tim Green - Glowing Baseball Genius Review

Tim Green and Derek Jeter’s latest book, “Baseball Genius,” has only been out for a little over one week and it is already getting rave reviews. This particular review from MacArthur & Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools school librarian, Lonna Pierce, praises the story for its gripping atmosphere!

“From the first page to the last, Jalen Deluca’s exploits with his friends will keep readers in suspense. Living with his dad in a run-down train station, Jalen helps his struggling father operate the Silver Liner Diner. More than anything, Jalen wants to get on a baseball travel team this summer, but he can’t afford the exorbitant fees. In a gambit to steal and sell signed baseballs from star Yankees player James Yager’s home batting cage, Jalen is caught by the player himself. In a panic, Jalen reveals his secret: he is a baseball genius, who just might revitalize Yager’s fading career. Jalen Deluca has a gifted math mind, with the ability to see, remember, and analyze a pitcher’s statistics with ease. Even better, using preternatural ability, he can predict the pitches with accuracy before they are thrown. This proves lucky for Yager, an aging future hall of famer who is in the crosshairs of the General Manager for his dismal batting average. Green and Jeter know how to grab readers and keep them hooked all the way through this middle grade sports fiction. It is a page turner for baseball fans who revel in realistic gamesmanship and play-by-play excitement. This is a winner!”

-Lonna Pierce, School Librarian, MacArthur & Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools, Binghamton, New York

Highly Recommended

For more information on, or to purchase a copy of, “Baseball Genius,” visit TimGreenBooks.com.

Tim Green To Sign Copies of New Book, “Baseball Genius”

Tim Green - Glowing Baseball Genius Review

Tim Green has recently released his new book Baseball Genius. The book, which was co-written with baseball legend, Derek Jeter, is sure to delight baseball fans both young and old. In order to promote the release, Tim will be signing copies of the book at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL. The signing will begin at 7pm on Thursday, March 9th. In order to secure your spot in line, make sure to purchase your copy of the book at Anderson’s.

The book, which released on March 7th, tells the incredible story of Jalen DeLuca, a boy who can guess the type of throw that a pitcher will cast. He uses this amazing ability to aid the at-risk career of New York Yankee, James Yager, after he is caught attempting to steal baseballs from Yager’s home. The book draws some inspiration from Jeter’s life, as the main character’s name is derived from Jeter’s real-life nephew. The book is the first entry in a planned trilogy of baseball themed books from the two authors.

Jeter, who has had one of the greatest professional careers of any baseball player in league history, has published multiple books through his publishing company, Jeter Publishing. To date, Jeter Publishing has published 7 books—6 non-fiction adult books and 1 children’s story—with another children’s book slated to release next month. And Green is no stranger to the world of young adult reading himself, having published almost 20 books for children, with another 16 books for adults. Together, the two combined their respective experience and knowledge of baseball with their real life experiences into what is sure to be a home run.

The co-authors even appeared together on CBS’ This Morning in order to discuss the novel and some of its background.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the novel from Anderson’s, visit Andersonsbookshop.com or call at (630) 355-2665.

Tim Green And Derek Jeter Co-Author Baseball Genius, Available March 7

Tim Green - Glowing Baseball Genius Review

What do you get when two amazing athletes team up to write a children’s novel? You get Baseball Genius. Tim Green and Derek Jeter have teamed up to create the incredible tale of a boy looking to join a baseball travel team. The story is sure to delight both new and old fans of Tim and Derek’s work. Below is the original press release for the novel:

 

March 7, 2017—Timothy J. Green, an author, former NFL defensive end, former Fox Sports broadcaster, and attorney with Barclay Damon, LLP, has co-authored the young-adult novel Baseball Genius with baseball legend Derek Jeter. The first in a trilogy of baseball novels to be co-authored by the pair, Baseball Genius will be released March 7.

Tim and Derek will discuss the book and their writing collaboration on CBS This Morning, March 8, during the 8 a.m. hour.

Baseball Genius is the story of Jalen DeLuca, a boy who loves baseball and wants to join a travel team but can’t afford the fee. After a failed scheme to come up with the money at the expense of James “JY” Yager, the Yankees’ star second baseman who is facing a batting slump, the pair realize they can work together to use Jalen’s special talent as a “baseball genius” to help both players solve their problems.

In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author and a retired defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, Tim is an attorney with Barclay Damon, where he has been integrally involved for the past 20 years in developing some of the largest clients of the firm, particularly in the areas of energy and intellectual property. Tim works with other senior leaders of the firm to identify, evaluate, develop, and maintain as clients some of highest performing companies in the United States in areas of particular strategic focus to the firm.

John P. Langan, Barclay Damon’s managing partner, said, “All of us at Barclay Damon are proud to have Tim on our team. He is an extraordinary person in many ways and a true force of nature—so talented in so many different endeavors. In addition to being uniquely impactful in the success of the firm, his work as a New York Times bestselling author has been so impressive. It’s a pleasure to see the good work Tim does to encourage young people across the country to embrace reading and to explain the many benefits that come from being consistent, lifelong readers.”

In his 1,500-plus visits to schools throughout the United States, where he has spoken to nearly half a million students, Tim says reading is “weightlifting for your brain,” an essential habit that increases school success and builds character. Since he began writing for kids in 2007, his young-reader series has sold over a million copies. Tim uses all of his speaking fees to buy books for kids, libraries, and schools that could not afford them otherwise. Tim has written 35 books to date. Click here for more on his career as an author.

Barclay Damon, LLP, listed as a “Top 250 Firm” by The National Law Journal, is a full-service law firm with offices throughout the major cities of New York State and in Toronto, Boston, Washington DC, and Newark. With 275 lawyers in 33 practice areas, Barclay Damon is the largest law firm in the Northeastern United States centered outside a major market. Barclay Damon provides comprehensive legal and business counsel to a diverse client base. For more information, visit barclaydamon.com.

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Tim Green Featured in Houston Chronicle

Tim Green - Tim Green Featured in Houston Chronicle

It comes as no surprise that Tim Green has had a storied and successful career. He’s gone from being an accomplished football player to a successful lawyer and best-selling author. In short, Tim Green is a renaissance man. And his talent and abilities have become recognized for years, all over the country. One of his more recent mentions was in the Houston Chronicle.

Just last month, the Houston Chronicle ran a story on Tim citing his many achievements. While they mentioned his past as a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, the article focused a bit more on Tim’s storytelling. The article primarily dealt with Tim’s latest book to release “Left Out”, which deals with a young deaf boy attempting to fit into a new school by playing football.

The article mentions how the book came about in the first place, citing Tim’s inspiration. While on tour for one of his books a few years ago, Tim came across a young boy in Arkansas who played football and had cochlear implants. He then met another similar boy from Kentucky who played football and had cochlear implants. This is what inspired Tim to give his character cochlear implants as well.

Inspired to base his book on these two boys, Tim said, “I was thinking about my next book and thought this would be a great story.” So Tim began to write, and in order to make the story as true to life as possible, he kept in constant contact with both boys, asking them about their experiences.

The article also mentioned Tim’s visit to Houston in order to talk to young students about the importance of reading. The speech is part of Inprint’s Cool Brains! reading series for young people.

The article also mentioned Green’s newest book, “Baseball Genius”, which is scheduled to release in March. The book was co-written by former baseball star Derek Jeter.

Tim Green and Atlanta Falcons Team Up For Play 60/ Read 20

Tim Green - Tim Green and Atlanta Falcons Team Up For Play 60 Read 20

Recently, Tim Green visited Lake Windward Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia in his ongoing effort to get children to read and get active. Tim, joined by Atlanta Falcons’ Taylor Gabriel and Ben Garland, sat down with the elementary students and encouraged the children to read and play.

Tim does not only advocate reading and being active, he also makes it a point to teach the children about having good character. This is one of the themes discussed in his newest book, “Left Out,” which deals with a deaf boy playing on his new school’s football team in order to fit in. Tim also took a moment to read an excerpt of the book, as well as give out a free copy to each student.

The Play 60 campaign is nothing new to the NFL’s attempt at fighting childhood obesity. Tim, however, has added the Read 20 portion of the campaign, noting that, while physical activity is important, mental activity is just as necessary. Tim strongly encourages children to read at least 20 minutes a day. He believes that reading is like, “weightlifting for the brain.”  

Here is Tim’s official statement regarding the campaign:

“The wonderful thing about both reading and playing is that they’re fun. Unlike weight lifting to become a better athlete, weightlifting for the brain should be as pleasant as playing for 60 minutes on the playground. That’s a big part of my message to kids, and I suggest it should be yours.”

Tim Green Speaks at Illinois Reading Council

Tim Green Syracuse Speaks at Illinois Reading Council

Last month, Tim Green visited the Illinois Reading Council conference in an effort to continue his campaign for literacy. An already established author, Green has dedicated much of his time, visiting over 1,000 schools and speaking to more than 500,000 students, in order to demonstrate the power and importance of reading.

Held in Peoria, Illinois, the Illinois Reading Council conference is one of the largest literacy conferences in the country, lasting three days and featuring dozens of speakers and advocates for literacy.

Green had two panels during the conference, both focused on how reading is like weightlifting for your brain. With only 20 minutes of reading a day significantly boosting character development and academic performance, it is one of the best possible activities for not only children to practice, but adults as well.

The conference was attended by local Lostant Community School faculty members, Melissa Einhaus and Ruth Ann Bruzgis. Of all of the speakers at the conference, Einhaus was particularly interested in Green, noting his influence on children’s drive to read.

In a recent article from the Tonica News, Einhaus stated, “he’s responsible for getting a lot of boys to read. Kids that are into sports, he can really hook them into reading.”

Both Einhaus and Bruzgis admired Green’s star power. “We were kind of star-struck,” Einhaus said. “We went by his room and we were like, ‘Is that who I think it is?’”

Other notable speakers at the conference include award-winning author Steven Layne, Newbery Honor author Joan Bauer and Project CRISS director Dr. Debra Franciosi.

According to DoSomething.org, ⅔ of students who cannot read proficiently by the 4th grade are likely to end up in jail or on welfare, and students who cannot read by the 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. This is why conferences such as the IRC are integral to raise awareness of the importance of reading to a child. You can expect Tim Green to attend similar events, and continue to do his part in making literacy amongst children a number one priority.

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