Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program!
Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options:
1. Your Public Library
Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer reading program off soon. Head down and get signed up. They will often have the chance to get free books or prizes. Plus, many local libraries will have story times and other activities during their summer reading program.
Be A Reading Superhero! Sign up for the free, on-line Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and start logging your reading minutes. Take weekly challenges and enter sweepstakes. Join now and help Scholastic set a new world record for number of minutes read. Parents, Scholastic has book recommendations and plenty of resources to help you motivate your kids to get reading this summer.
19 Scholastic authors wrote “How I Became a Reading Superhero” stories to inspire kids to keep reading this summer. Kids log the time they spend reading, unlock a fill-in-the-blank story, and earn digital rewards like chapter excerpts and character badges!
(Dav Pilkey, Angela Cervantes, Elisha Cooper, Varian Johnson, Sarah Mlynowski, Tui T. Sutherland, Mike Jung, Natalie Lloyd, R.L. Stine, Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, Tommy Greenwald, Mike Maihack, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jennifer Nielsen, Michael Northrop, Troy Cummings, Eric Luper, Christina Diaz Gonzalez)
Download and print your Reading Journal. Read eight books and record them in the journal. Once it’s complete, take your journal to your local Barnes and Noble and get a free books. It couldn’t be easier. You can also find a printable parent’s guide with tips and fun literacy activities.
Read for at least 15 minutes each day. Record your minutes and once you’ve read 300 minutes, you can turn your completed log in to your local store and earn $5 Half-Price Books Bucks. You can also find tips and printable books lists.
Read books, take quizzes, and earn prizes. Sylvan has a great website set up where you can find book recommendations, printable and online games, and work towards fun prizes. Parents, you can even monitor your child’s reading and find helpful tips to motivate your kids to read.
6. No Time for Flashcards Mission: Make Reading Fun printable and prompts
No Time for Flashcards is on a mission to keep your kids reading this summer. You’ll find three months worth of printable calendars with a reading suggestion for each day such as “read a book that makes you laugh” or “read at the program.” Plus, follow along on Facebook for book recommendations and resources.
Challenge your kids to explore new areas of the library. KCEdventures has created a bingo-style printable that coveres 15 different genres. Try to read at least one book from each and record them on the sheet.
Read along with picture books, songs, and more — with YouTube Kids videos.
Encourage your child to read this summer by participating in one of these programs. They may want to participate in a huge national program or maybe the local library summer reading program is more their speed. Maybe an individual challenge will motivate them the most.
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Summer Reading Lists
Download these FREE printables for summer learning here.
More Book Recommendations
If your child is a new reader, start with my favorite easy chapter books.