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Summer days in the garden, by the pool, on the beach or just hanging out with friends are a great time to catch up on the reading you're normally too busy to get to.

Put away the laptop, the cell phone and the to-do lists - and grab your favorite hard copy book or your favorite e-reader.

And, forget learning how to speed read your way through a summer book. With the leisure time that the longer days the season brings, summer books are for savoring!

Summer reading is a great family activity and even the youngest children will enjoy looking at picture books if everyone else is having a good read. A trip to the library can help to fill a long summer afternoon with cool activities or as a great kids' rainy day activity anytime the weather turns stormy.

With older kids, don't confuse reading popular teen books with the chore of assigned summer reading lists. Let them pick some titles that will capture their imagination and they'll soon remember how much fun reading really is during the lazy days of summer ...

More picks for summer books around the Web:

Summer Reading Lists - More than 30 lists from libraries, schools and other organization involved with kids and reading. The younger children will appreciate the list of Newberry Award winners, from 1922 to the present, from the American Library Association—always a good choice for early readers...

The Education World Summer Reading Lists - This site has collected lists from around the Web, mainly from school districts in the US and you can tell the "hot" books by the number of lists they appear on...

Oprah's Book Club - Oprah may have moved to cable, but the book club is still a popular place to keep up-to-date on what the world's biggest book club is reading right now. Includes a listing of Oprah's favorites.

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