It's officially summer and time to get those kiddos working on their Summer Reading lists. My kids read all year long, but especially enjoy summer reading because of the special incentives from the program at the public library.
We especially love Anne Arundel County's program which includes puppet shows, magicians, and family concerts. And the incentives/rewards for summer reading are wonderful; chances to win tickets to an Orioles game, a ticket to the Baysox, and coupons to Chick-fil-A! (My teen is looking forward to a chance to win prizes in the weekly trivia on Anne Arundel County Public Library's Teen Facebook Page)
Last year, The Attic Baby earned a Summer Reading prize that was just ducky and participated in a fun Babies in Bloom program. We're looking forward to earning a board book this year and enjoying other fun activities!
If you haven't signed up your child for Summer Reading at your local library, it's not too late. (or yourself, your library may have a program just for adults too)
If you're looking for other great Summer Reading resources, I've put together a list that will help motivate your children to get started on their summer reading:
Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge
Now through August 26th, download the Summer Reading bookmark list and bring to your local Pottery Barn for a special gift while supplies last. This is for early & independent readers.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading
Read any 8 books, record them on your child's Reading Journal, and receive a free book from their Reading Journal list at your local store May 21-Sept. 3rd while supplies last (Grades K-6). Plus, you can download a free Teacher Activity Kit as a resource for homeschooling or the classroom.
American Girl Read-a-palooza
Find Reading Resources and fun free In-store Events (I can't wait until my daughter's old enough to take her to the DC location!) Girls Ages 8+
Books-a-Million Summer Reading with Carl Hiaasen
Read any 6 books on the Summer Reading form between May 19-August 17 for School Age-Teens and receive a free Carl Hiaasen HOOT or CHOMP backpack while supplies last (see your local store for details)
Chuck E. Cheese's Summer Reading Reward Calendar
Set a daily goal for your kids (whether daily minutes or # of books) and mark it off on this calendar. Turn it in to your local Chuck E Cheese's for 10 free tokens! Expires 12/31/13 (at participating locations & only one free token offer per child per day)
I love all of these great programs that encourage my children to read! How do you encourage your kids to read during the summer?