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Books to beat the doldrums

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system has resources available to help you keep your child’s brain fresh and active this summer. Among available books:

“Storytimes for Everyone!: Developing young children’s language and literacy,” Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting

“Family Literacy Storytimes: Readymade storytimes suitable for the whole family,” Kathryn Totten

“Family Reading Night,” Darcy J. Hutchins

“Tune up to Literacy: Original songs and activities for kids,” Alfred Balkin

“The Early Literacy Kit: A handbook and tip cards,” Betsy Diamant-Cohen

“Summer Fun!: 60 activities for a kid-perfect summer,” Susan Williamson

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Lynn Shanahan, University at Buffalo associate professor of learning and instruction, recommends the following websites:

• For children who can read but aren’t motivated: