Hilary Duff hosted a family-fun event, in partnership with Epic, the leading digital reading platform for kids ages 3-12. The event theme was to encourage kids to transport themselves through books this summer. The “Go Anywhere Summer Kickoff Celebration” included a Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party storytime with Hilary, dinosaur cookie decorating, under the sea mystery themed arts and crafts, a Cat Ninja obstacle course and more.
The event benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, supporting the work they do from health care to helping kids keep up with classwork through an inhouse School Program. Additionally, for each new Epic subscription purchased in July or August, Epic will make a donation to St. Jude. Take a look at Hilary’s tips for keeping her kids reading over the summer.
Encourage Reading At Bedtime
Storytime has always been a big part of my family’s nighttime routine and it’s a great way for us to spend quality time together at the end of the day. Luca and Banks (and even Mae!) now look forward to reading at the end of the day and are excited to see what adventures we will get into before bed.
Allow The Kids To Choose
Since their interests are constantly changing, them choose their own books either at the library or through Epic’s digital library. Whether they are interested in puppies or are in a superhero phase, Epic has thousands of books (including some of my family’s favorites) so they never get bored.
Implement Theme Weeks
Throughout the summer when the kids are home from school, I like to create themed weeks when we choose books and corresponding activities that get the kids excited – sometimes we learn about animals while other times we will explore magical lands. This summer Epic is inviting kids to Go Anywhere through reading with curated book collections that take them on adventures from Prehistoric Times to Outer Space, making themed weeks even easier and more fun!
Take Books To Go
When we travel or even just leave the house for dinner, we never leave home without a few books. They are a great distraction from car rides, flights or long wait times, and always having books around has made reading an important part of my children’s lives. You can bring physical books, or I love to bring an iPad so the kids can access Epic’s library on-the-go.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
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