In case you didn't know, Grandrabbit’s offers a reading program all year around that’s designed to encourage a healthy daily reading habit in kids ages 4-12.

The program is perhaps most important during the summer months, when the incentives of the school year no longer apply—which is especially true now, in the wake of the pandemic and all the disruptions suffered by schoolkids across the globe.

About the program: kids 4-8 years old read for 15 minutes each day throughout the month, while 9-12-year-olds read for 20 minutes each day. After filling in their reading club forms (available at the stores' cash registers), kids can bring them in to receive their $5 Bunny Bucks reward—good on any item(s) in the store. All entries are enrolled in a monthly drawing for an additional prize.

Together we can bolster the benefits of reading every day, which include a wider and more extensive vocabulary, as well as enhanced academic performance, creativity, empathy, concentration levels, and a richer understanding of the world.

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Grandrabbit’s carries a book I love because it shows how easy it can be to dismiss a new person, or even someone we know, because of something they do—or in this case, eat—which seems “weird” (read: different). In The Sandwich Swap, Lily and Salma are best friends until one day when Lily’s negative thoughts about Salma’s pita sandwich accidentally fly out of her mouth.

“You’re sandwich looks kind of yucky,” she blurts out. This doesn’t go over very well with her friend, as you can imagine. A food fight ensues, and in the aftermath (which includes a trip to the principal’s office), they swap peanut butter and jelly for hummus and vice versa

and find that first impressions aren’t always what they seem. “Delicious,” they agree after their first bite, then happily munch away.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar was inspired by a hole punch? The author Eric Carle was working in an ad agency in the late 1960s and bored one day, he started fooling around with his office supplies. The book is approaching its 52nd birthday this year, and a copy of it is sold somewhere in the world every minute. Its spare text and emphasis on graphic design were inspired by Carle's work with another talented children's author, Bill Martin.

When Carle was asked what he thought made the book so popular, he said, "My guess is it's a book of hope. That you, an insignificant...little caterpillar can grow up and eventually unfold your talent and fly into the world... That might be part of its success."

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