Reading is such an important part of your child's education. Considering that my kids have daily reading assignments since Kindergarten, I figure summer is no time to break that cycle.
My 6 year old loves reading. She likes me reading to her & she enjoys reading herself. My 10 year old on the other hand cannot stand reading. The only way to get her to read is to make it very fun.
I have been participating in Summer Reading programs for at least 6 years now, and I really enjoy them. The kids can usually earn little prizes, that encourages them to read so I don't have to nag.
Here are some of programs that we are doing, and some others that I have found.
Local Library ~ This is my favorite program. Our system always has a theme each summer. This year is Catch the Reading Bug. They have a great kick off & finale that are fun. They also have some other programs throughout the summer like Detroit Science Center Star Lab, Drawing bugs workshop, Rosco the Clown to name a few plus Storytimes. Make sure to check your library. Everything is free, they are usually close by and the kids enjoy it. They also usually have programs for teens and adults as well. New York's library has a great website to check out.
- Barnes and Nobel Summer Reading program ~ Kids in grades 1 through 6 can earn a free book by reading 8 books this summer. They’ll need to keep track of them in B&N’s Summer Reading Journal, and they need to write favorite part of book. Then turn in the completed journal between now and September 2nd to earn a free book from a list of selected children’s titles.
- Reading Warriors ~ This program is for readers 8 and older. This program was created by the author of Cats in the Clan. There is a big 22 page pdf with all the facts of the program.
- Scholastic Read & Dream Contest ~ Kids in pre-k through 8 who read and log 4 or more books from now until September 1st can enter to win a dream vacation to Disney World. If you log in 4 books, Scholastic will also donate 1 book to a child in need.
- Pizza Hut’s Brain Food summer reading program ~ Do you remember Book-it? Our school did that when I was little. My oldest never had a chance, but my 1st grader participated this year. Now Pizza Hut has a summer program to check out. Kids who read at least 5 books between June 13 and August 15 can enter to win some pretty cool prizes. Just download and complete their form.
- Bookworm Wednesday ~ We don't have a location near us, but maybe you do. Taken from website:
BOOKWORM WEDNESDAY is an annual fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months.
BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS entitles kids to free admission to a select children's film every Wednesday during the summer months when they present a book report at participating theatres. Children under six who accompany a participant and adults who accompany a participant receive free admission to the Bookworm Wednesdays movie and do not need to submit a book report.
BookWorm Wednesdays runs June 25 - August 13, 2008. View BookWorm Film Schedule.
- Feed Your Brain ~ Another one that I am not eligible for, but looks good. Kids ages 10 & under can earn a $3 half priced books shopping card or a Free kids buffet at CiCi's Pizza. Check out locations.
- Commerce Bank ~ If you use Commerce Bank, kids that read 10 books over the summer will get $10 deposited in a new or existing Young Savers Bank.
If none of these interest you, consider making your own reading program. You could give $1 prizes, kids could earn trips to movies, out to eat, day at the beach, etc after reading X amount of books. Here is a great website that talks about hosting a Summer Reading Olympics.
Here is a great website with Summer Reading Lists, and another Summer Reading List website to check out.
If you know of any others please let me know. I'd also check with local banks, they may have a program like Commerce Bank does.