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Summer reading doesn’t have to be exclusively on paper. Discover great reading games that boost kids' reading power over the summer. Used in moderation, these are a great way to keep kids sharp.

Plug in to reading

This summer, keep your kid sharp while she's plugged in. Discover the best digital reading tools, from video games to virtual reading trackers.

Bookmark the best free online reading games

During the summer, even the most active kids will want to spend a little time at the computer. Make that screen time educational by encouraging your child to play free online reading games. Up until a certain age, kids will be oblivious to whether or not a game is for learning or for fun. Make the most of that sweet spot while your kids are little.

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Download the best reading apps

If you own a Kindle Fire, consider subscribing to Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. This service allows parents to create a kid-friendly dashboard for children ages 3 to 8. You choose whether or not your child has access to games or videos. During the summer, allow access to reading games and ebooks to help your child stay sharp.

Encourage video games that involve reading

Encourage your child to play kid-friendly RPGs. If you don’t know what RPG stands for, don’t worry. Your kid probably doesn't either. The term has become so ubiquitous it’s rarely spelled out as role-playing game. If your child loves video games but you don’t love all that screen time, encourage her to try a game that involves a lot of reading.

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Help your child use an online reading minutes tracker

For kids who enjoy competing and prizes, you can’t beat the Scholastic Summer Challenge 2013. This free online program lets kids log reading minutes. The site lets kids choose what they want to read, whether that’s the latest young adult romance or a comic book. Kids can log in and track their progress, see how their school measures up and win virtual prizes for reading. This is a great option for kids who already have an interest in reading. Chances are your child already loves a Scholastic title, making the themed areas of the Summer Challenge especially exciting to your young reader.

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Spain had it covered" His art could be seen in Mother Jones and top museums He would draw for the New York Times or Hustler or Salon He worked with such bards as Pekar and BukowskiHe made theatrical posters He made film setsAnd most everywhere he went it seems he made friends"Personally" Groth says "he was a large-spirited artist wonderful company a great raconteur and an easy sense of humor""He was a gifted storyteller in person and in print" Farago tells Comic Riffs "and he always had time to talk to artists whether hed known them since the 1960s or had just met them" "Last time I visited him he made me a mean bowl of chili" Griffith recalls to Comic Riffs "The [San Francisco] Chronicle had just dropped Zippy for the second time and Spain decided to take me around to his San Francisco haunts to show me how much the city appreciated my strip "Everywhere we went praise flowed but it was as much for Spain as it was for me If anyone was loved by everyone in San Francisco it wasnt me it was Spain"Manuel "Spain" Rodriguez died Wednesday at age 72 after a long battle with cancer according to the Chronicle"Every time I draw folds in clothing or a big city skyline or a thousand other things he drew so beautifully I think of Spain" Griffith tells us"He was a comics master of the highest order" "Girl Genius's" eighth volume won the inaugural award in this category. 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The Nationals produced 12 base runners ?? six hits and six walks ?? but only three runs.??As an American who believes in the freedoms that we have and the way we run our society and culture, Patrick, a place renowned for its anti-apartheid plays under white rule Many in the audience saw parallels to another civil rights leader and his legacy: Nelson Mandela As the 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader with a recurring lung infection the play reminded many of his unfulfilled dreams for their country and that his broader ideals are bigger than one person and would hopefully outlive him"It reminded me a lot of Madiba" said Neo Mohlabane 36 referring to Mandela by his clan name after a performance one evening "It reminded me of how much he sacrificed his life for us" in June South Africans have been soul-searching about his legacy and their countrys state of progress nearly two decades after he became South Africas first black president in 1994 Although the government recently said his condition had improved he remains under round-the-clock medical care in a hospital in Pretoria The past few weeks have resembled a sordid play of sorts Mandelas family over where he should be buried Some relatives have tried to market his name and image and some have sought control of his business interests triggering anger and disgust among many South Africans The public has been outraged by politicians including President Jacob Zuma who have attempted to gain more political clout by linking themselves to the frail national icon In many ways whats unfolding publicly reflects how human Mandela truly is much in the same way "The Mountaintop" seeks to portray King separating his saintly image from his flesh-and-blood faults tackling issues of mortality and legacy In the award-winning play written by Katori Hall the Baptist minister is in his hotel room preparing for his speech the following day April 4 1968 when he would be assassinated He smokes checks for bugs planted by the FBI and flirts with a hotel maid a whiskey-drinking cussing angel named Camae He is vulnerable admitting that he is consumed by fear When the angel informs him that hes going to die King frets about his legacy Camae implores him to understand that the civil rights revolution that he had spearheaded will outlast him and that there will be others to carry on his work She urges him to pass the baton" The Mountaintop is a fitting play for South Africans right now as a reminder that the movement is bigger than the man and to give them hope that if an idea or philosophy is strong enough it will prevail" read a review in Business Day a prominent local newspaperThe actors in the play said the attention they have received because of Mandelas hospitalization has been gratifying if unexpected "The timing is eerie" said Mwenya Kabwe 36 who plays Camae "Its topical in a way we did not anticipate" Many in the audience disagreed about whether todays generation of leaders could pick up where Mandela leaves off In recent years there has been its leaders accused of being corrupt ineffective and out of touch with South Africas impoverished masses Zuma himself is fighting allegations of misusing public funds to renovate his private residence Many black South Africans are still struggling with high unemployment a lack of housing education clean water and other services more than two decades after the end of apartheid and its segregationist policies"I cant see anybody who has the ability to take the baton from Mandela" said Monyake Mohlabane 39 a civil engineer and Neos husband "There is not anybody who has the same dream in our current leadership Things will get worse before they get better"Briony Horwitz 29 an actress who also watched the play one evening noted that just as in the civil rights struggle there were unheralded people who championed the fight against apartheid alongside Mandela"We need to spend a lot more time looking at who the heroes were around him" Horwitz said "There is this focus that Mandela ended apartheid which is just not true Thats the thing that happened in a celebrity-focused world that you want an icon to make it simple There were lots of people who joined the struggle and did great things" the previous tenant at this spot -- Mister Days is bound to be a bit of a shock. 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