Ten Reason Your Kids Should Participate in a Summer Reading Program

by Rebecca J. Gomez When my kids were young, summer reading programs were a sure thing. For the most part, my children were avid readers, especially my girls. A summer reading program wasn't necessary to encourage them to read, but we participated because it was a fun addition to summer. And the free pizza, books, and water park tickets definitely didn't hurt! There are lots of reasons to participate in a summer reading program or challenge, and here are ten of them: 1. Many summer reading programs offer prizes. And while we all know that reading is its own reward, some kids haven't figured that out yet. For those kids, a prize is just the incentive they need to stick their noses in a book now and then over the summer. 2. It's a fun way to reward those kids who will be reading no matter what! 3. For some families, trips to the library may help break up summer monotony.  4. Summer reading programs promote reading together as a family, especially for those with very young

Summer Challenge Week One: ICE CREAM!

We are kicking off the Summer Challenge with an ice cream party. Your challenge? To read and discuss books about ice cream or other frozen treats, then have some festive frozen fun! 

Remember to share about your experience on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge. We'd love to know what books you're reading and the fun you're sharing together. 

Recommended titles

Scoop the Ice Cream Truck (Sky Pony, 2018) written and illustrated by Patricia Keeler

Should I Share my Ice Cream? An Elephant and Piggie Book (Hyperion Books for Children, 2011) written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Wemberly’s Iceream Star (Greenwillow Books, 2003) written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes



Mindy Baker said…
This is one challenge I might have to do multiple times!! Yummy!
Rebecca Gomez said…
Once for every day of the week?