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San Diegans Getting Out In The World By Reading At Home

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?
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What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

Are you tired of binge-watching ‘“Call the Midwife” or “Peaky Blinders?” Are your kids bored with “SpongeBob?” A great antidote to television overload is that old standby, a good book. Whether physical or virtual, there are lots of choices in both content and access.

So many choices; so much time.

Now that most of us are stranded at home, a great way to take our minds off unemployment, lurking viruses, and a tanking stock market, as well as entertain cranky kids, is by getting everyone engrossed in a good book.


In this segment, freelance journalist Seth Combs lists books he finds worth your time, including some by local authors like Don Winslow, author of many acclaimed crime novels; and Matthew Quirk, a former reporter for The Atlantic and best-selling thriller writer.

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But what about the kids, especially now that the libraries are closed? The libraries are very much on it, says Ady Huertas, supervising librarian for San Diego Public Library's Youth and Family Services, with a slew of programs, including the San Diego Public Library's Stay In Story Time Facebook group; an on-line reading challenge; and e-books and audio books, among others.

Bookstores are finding ways to get reading material to their customers. Here are a few: