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 Two: PLAY IN THE DIRT!

It's week two of the Summer Challenge, and hopefully you're having as much fun as we are. If you missed week one, don't worry. You can catch up any time.

This week's challenge is to PLAY IN THE DIRT! Everyone knows that reading is good for kids. Playing in the dirt (or mud or sand) is good for them too. So this week, we hope you will do both, and that you'll share about it on social media. Be sure to use #RDDSummerChallenge in your posts!

Recommended titles:

Roy Digs Dirt, written and illustrated by David Shannon

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jim McMullan

Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Mary Peterson

Have fun!