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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!

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 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.