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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer Reading Programs

It’s hard to believe, but the summer reading programs are in full swing. It was a sticky, hot feeling summer day here today, so we’re ready to get started with our summer readings! I’m sure there are many programs that I’m unaware of, but here a few of our favorites.

Dairy Queen - complete their summer reading journal and receive a free blizzard

Barnes and Noble - complete their passport and choose a free book from their list

Half Price Books - earn $3 gift cards good towards books. Unfortunately we don’t have a location near us, but it looks like a great deal!

Pizza Hut - Read 5 books and send entry form in for chance to win a Summer Break prize package.

And of course, don’t forget to check out your local libraries as they usually have a program with some incentives as well.

If you have a child who isn’t exactly thrilled about reading, get creative. Books on tape (or cd) can be a good thing. The stipulation in our house is to get the book and follow along with it while they’re listening. That way they get to have the story read to them and see the words at the same time which helps boost reading skills and they don’t ”feel” like they’re really reading…sneaky, huh?! Summer book clubs with friends can help push a reluctant reader if she wants to read what her friends are reading. Maybe you could find a kid friendly magazine that would peak your child’s interest. The goal is to get kids reading and not be hung up on what they’re reading (as long as it passes by mom or dad first!).

Also, have fun with where you are reading. Go outside and sit under a shady tree. Make a fort and read in it. Get some comfy pillows and blankets and spread them out to read on top of. It’s summer…forget about sitting in desks or at the table, unless that’s what works best for your kids.

One last thing - kids love to read to other kids. A beginning reader can read to a younger child (or even the baby at our house!) because the younger child will never know if there is a mistake. It makes them feel like big kids! Conversely, the older children can read “little kid” books to younger siblings. It gives them a good excuse to read easier, fun picture books.

So, have fun reading and take advantage of any summer reading programs and incentives you can find out there and visit your library often!

God Bless!

Heather :-)