We are celebrating all things READING during Read Across America Week (Feb 28 - Mar 6, 2022) with our friends at The Hop Ice Cream!
Check out our top 5 ice cream-inspired tips for celebrating reading every day!
THIS WEEK ONLY!
(Feb 28 - Mar 6, 2022)
Make a purchase in The Hop’s online store and a portion of proceeds will go directly to community-powered literacy programming at R2S. Pints, ice cream cakes, merchandise, and more - don’t miss this unique opportunity to support a great local literacy organization and get your hands on delicious ice cream!
TIP 1: EXPLORE NEW FLAVORS!
Do you enjoy trying new flavors of ice cream? The Hop Ice Cream has you covered with Cardacoco Latte, King Cake, Royal Cherry Cheesecake Crumble, Punk’s Not Dead (Pumpkin), Girl Scout Thin Mint, Lavender Vanilla, Unicorn Poop (wildberry with Nerds candy), and more!
Similarly, it’s always a fun idea to explore a variety of book genres. Outside of incredible picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, unique genres of children’s books include:
No matter what type of book your child reads, thoughtful comprehension questions play an important role in deepening their experience and understanding of the text. Check out this free reading comprehension guide from Read to Succeed with suggestions for fiction and nonfiction.
TIP 2: TRY NEW TOPPINGS!
Toppings are not just a great way to jazz up her favorite scoop or two; they also create a brand new experience with your sweet treat.
Try fun extension activities to extend your child’s experience with a book! Extension activities might look like a craft, writing exercise, a field trip, etc. Some go-to expert ideas include:
Discover more inspiration for extension activities on Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT), Education.com, and Reading Rockets.
We are also big fans of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) Student Center Activities, which offer hundreds of printable phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary activities kids love!
TIP 3: TRY A NEW VESSEL
Prefer a cup to a cone? No worries! No matter how you serve it, reading can always be meaningful, engaging, and fun. Some of our favorite ways to eat up our favorite books include:
TIP 4: MIX IT UP!
Sundaes, shakes, ice cream cakes - there are lots of ways to incorporate ice cream into a new and exciting treat. Find unique and creative ways to infuse everyday family activities with elements of reading and writing.
TIP 5: GO BACK TO A FAVORITE AUTHOR!
Is The Hop your family’s go-to ice cream maker in Asheville? Ours too!
Similar to trying lots of offerings from The Hop (hello, Monday Milkshakes!), you might find a fabulous author with lots of children’s and YA books under their belt. Some of our favorites include:
Celebrate LOVE this month with our hand-selected children’s books featuring Black main characters. Dive into stories about loving our family, ourselves, our communities, and our world.
Check out our list below and leave a comment with a children’s book you love that’s all about love!
“Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is a local, independent nonprofit on a mission to help close the