Summer reading programs are everywhere these days. It’s awesome, isn’t it? Encourage the behavior by giving awards. Win for everyone.
My kids aren’t old enough for me to start worrying about “summer brain drain” or the “summer slide” (everything is new and shiny to them – they learn every minute they’re awake). But, they are old enough to enjoy books, so we’ll take part in at least one program listed below (for sure the library’s program!). What will your children take part in?
Omaha Public Libraries
There’s a summer reading program for kids, teens and adults. Kids can keep track of books by number or by hour. Prizes for youngsters include a free book and Storm Chasers vouchers. Get all excited about the program with the kick off parties on May 31 and June 1.
Barnes & Noble
It’s pretty easy. Read eight books, fill out the journal, bring it to a Barnes & Noble and pick out a book from their summer reading selection. Done. Check the site out for downloadable activities and teaching tips, too.
Scholastic Summer Challenge
Kids can log their minutes reading on the site and parents can find book lists for specific grade levels and handy apps. Kids can log in daily to be entered in for sweepstakes and some rewards include signed books.
Sylvan Reading Adventure for kids K-8
Kids in grades K-8 can search for books on the site, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.The site also has online tools for parents. Prizes include a Highlights subscription, ebooks and a customizable personal incentive a parent can create.
Chuck E Cheese reading program
Print out this sheet, fill it out and redeem it for 10 tokens. Food purchase is required, and you should probably call ahead to be sure your location is participating.
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
If your child reads every book on the recommended list, they get a prize. A book from the list will be read at their storytime each week (runs through Aug. 26). Bonus: Attend five story times, and your child gets a prize (ask for the Book Club Passport).
Half-Price Books Feed Your Brain
Download the reading journal and keep track of your child’s reading minutes each day, and when you hit 300 minutes, bring in the completed log and receive Book Bucks. The top reader in each age group each month earns a $20 gift card.
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Want more ideas on raising a reader? Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to it.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!
Some area school districts also open their libraries during the summer (hey, combine a trip to a school library with a trip to the school’s playground!). Check out some links here, http://bit.ly/11xb1KF.