Some parts of the country are already talking about summer vacation–we go well into June here in the mid-Atlantic–but it's never too early to think about how to encourage the kids to read over the summer. Every summer, we find a balance of family reading (we're on book 3 of the Harry Potter series right now), independent reading (my kids like to come home from the library and curl up on pillows and blankets together on the floor), and the summer reading programs at our local library as well as around town:
Kids who read 8 books and keep track on this printable Reading Journal can head to a Barnes & Noble store to pick out a FREE book from their selection (you'll see it on the journal). The program runs May 21st through September 3rd, and the limit is one FREE book per child.
Not just a summer program, Chuck E. Cheese is offering 10 FREE tokens to kids each time they read for 2 weeks in a row. Kids can earn 10 FREE tokens every time they read for 2 weeks in a row. Download a Reading Rewards Calendar (there are others if you'd like to reward another activity). Limit is one of any FREE token offer per child, per day. Food purchase is required.
Scholastic Summer Challenge
Scholastic has a FREE online program this summer, where kids can sign up and log their reading minutes to win rewards. You can download suggested book lists for all age groups, and you can download a FREE Reading Timer App so kids can track their reading no matter where they are.
Starting July 10th, kids receive FREE admission to Bookworm Wednesdays morning movies when they present a completed book report. Children under 6 do not need to complete the book report, and accompanying adults also get FREE admission. No food purchase is necessary.
I've started a new board on Pinterest called Summer Fun 2013 where I'm collecting ideas for the kids–science projects, outdoor games, simple art projects, and more. Hope you'll follow me there (I follow back!).
Original image by FutUndBeidl at Flickr