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Ask Amy: Friend worries about pandemic’s toxic effect

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I don't think their parents prioritized reading to them.

They seem to prefer their tablets.

They are 8-year-old twin girls, and a 9-year-old boy.

Is there any way for me to encourage their reading from a distance as I do not live nearby? Or is giving them books the best I can do?

I do look for well-reviewed and age-appropriate titles.

– Loving Aunt


Dear Aunt: You could start a virtual “book club” with these kids. Ask the three of them to choose a book from their collection, and then you could set up a Zoom or FaceTime session where you read together and “review” your selections.

Keep your sessions brief, fun, and understand that it might get zany.


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