School is out for the summer! Whether you’re excited or feeling overwhelmed at the thought of entertaining your kids for these hot months, it is very important to keep reading on the radar so they don’t start back in the fall having lost progress. Luckily there are several options for summer reading programs to keep both you and your children motivated!
Summer Reading Programs
- Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program is straightforward and easy. Download their Reading Journal, record 8 books between May 20-September 2, 2014, bring it in to your local Barnes & Noble location and your child receives a free book! The free book options are really fun too…. Pete at the Beach, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Lego Ninjago, and How To Train Your Dragon Series are just a few of them.
- Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Scholastic’s online reading challenge is a “free online program designed to motivate and excite your kids around reading books this summer. Kids can log the minutes they spend reading, earn virtual rewards and prizes, and enter sweepstakes.” In the parent resource center for the challenge, you’ll find a pledge sheet for kids, activities, certificates and more. The program runs May 5-September 5, 2014.
- Programs through your local library. Almost all local libraries have reading programs to encourage kids to keep their reading skills sharp over the summer months. Check with your local branch to see what the details are of their specific program.
- Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge. From now through August 26, if your child reads from their list of recommended books, they can enter to win a variety of prizes.
- Chuck E. Cheese. Earn 10 free tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the Reading Rewards Calendar and bring it in to claim your prize.
- TD Bank Summer Reading Program. If you’re a TD Bank member, your child can earn $10 into their account by reading 10 books and completing their Summer Reading Form.
- Create Your Own! Every child is motivated by something different. Don’t be afraid to design a program that works best for your family. Most reading challenges require 8-10 books to be completed; so that is a good number to start with. Customize the prizes and rewards to fit your child’s needs.
Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Research conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics found that in 1994, 95% of public libraries offered summer reading programs for children. (Source) We’re willing to bet that number has jumped to almost 100% in 2014!
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The great news is that your child can participate in more than one program at once, and earn multiple rewards for all the hours they spent with their nose in a book! Leave a comment and share any additional programs you know about.