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 Three: Setting Sail!


It's week three of the Summer Challenge, and hopefully you're having a blast sharing great books, having good discussions, and getting active with your kiddos. If you're just joining us, don't worry. You can jump in any time! 

This week's challenge is SETTING SAIL! We hope you'll read some books the feature BOATS in some form, and that you'll do some "sailing" of your own. It could be any thing from a bathtub adventure to setting sail on a real boat! Whatever you do, make it fun, and be sure to share your posts on social media with the #RDDSummerChallenge hashtag!

Recommended titles:

Boats Float! by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon, illustrated by Mick Wiggins

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

Penguin Sets Sail by Jessica Linn Evans

Bon voyage!


Mindy Baker said…
I'm loving these challenges!!