{life} summer reading

summer'With the wrapping up of school comes summer reading sign-ups. Our family favorite, especially when Natalya was small-er, was the public library summer programs. There are also some additional options. Seriously, Natalya would effortlessly (because she was an avid reader and read-to-er) collect a small stack of free books in August/September. If your child is an avid reader (reaching their goals in a day or two) consider personalizing the challenge. We would qualify the entries by challenging N to read outside of her usual genres, for example; or create a theme for those programs who didn’t specify (loved the “passport” and “random bingo” challenges).

Some programs about town:

Scholastic has a gorgeous Summer Reading Challenge site up. “The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2014! (May 5 – Sept 5, 2014).” Kids earn points towards rewards. Educators could win 50 books and both Educators and Parents have access to various bookish-fun resources.

Barnes and Nobles is calling this summer’s program Imagination’s Destination. Read any 8 books, complete the Reading Journal available in English & Spanish (printed from online or pick up in store), turn in Journal to your local B&N select your free book from the list. They usually offer pretty good prize options.

Pizza Hut has BOOK IT! which I haven’t done. From June 1- August 15 “Spark your Greatness.” “Make reading a family activity this summer. Help slay the ‘summer slide’ by keeping your kids reading aloud during the next three months. […] The Challenge incorporates reading with fun activities, exciting games and a chance for your kids to win some impressive prizes.” If your kid is a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you should probably check this out, because apparently, so is Pizza Hut.

Reading Rewards is a site/program new to me as well. It looks like you can create your own goals and incentives as a family and they help track lists, provide activities, etc. If you like or could use an incentive program year-round, you may want to look into this one, and the next (Sylvan’s).

There is Sylvan’s Book Adventure. “Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.”

Just learned of Pottery Barn Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge…”Summer is the perfect time to instill a love of reading in your child. From now through August 26th, read all the award-winning books on one of our recommended lists and qualify for fun prizes.” and you can enter to win a backpack full of books.

from The Parent Show (June 2013) w/ interview/tips on encouraging summer reading:

different sorts of rewarding:

PBSkids.org posts this article with literacy activities that can be found on their site this summer.

SYNC “is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer.” Here is their schedule, which has already begun. So you have one more day to access Eoin Colfer’s WARP: The Reluctant Assassin and H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine.

Denver-area friends:

Tattered Cover is “Booked for Summer”: You get compensated not only to read, but to write about what you are reading.

Denver Public Library’s Summer Reading Program: info is in English and Spanish. Summer of Reading is from June 2-August 9. See events attached to each especially designed program.

Read w/ Me! (birth-age 5)

Kids (k-5th)

Teens (6th-12th)–I know N will be interested in that ticket to Elitch’s. I would love to see her entered and winning a laptop.


If you are aware of some good Summer Reading Programs I’ve missed, do share in comments


3 thoughts on “{life} summer reading

  1. The end of school and the onset of summer temps always, without fail, remind me of summer reading as a kid. And it also inevitably makes me want to do some kind of summer reading program. There are a handful of books I recall reading as a kid on summer trips as well as books I’ve read during the summer as an adult and I often get the urge to re-read those. Maybe I should give myself permission to indulge in some summer re-reading.

    1. I am the same. a re-read sounds like an excellent idea…especially considering you could take a book outside and if you are distracted by the nature around you, you’ve already an easy familiarity with the story in your hand. sounds relaxing.

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