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

The Read, Discuss, Do SUMMER CHALLENGE!

It's the official launch day for Read, Discuss, Do!'s new home on the web! Thank you for dropping by! We are all set to kick off the fun with a SUMMER CHALLENGE aimed at getting you and the young readers in your life (offspring, grandkids, day care tots?) engaging together through book-inspired discussions and activities! 

This is not your ordinary summer reading program. There's no need to keep a log or count pages or track minutes spent reading. This challenge is all about sharing books and engaging in book-related fun while strengthening connections between readers and, yes, keeping your kids reading through the summer. What better way to prevent the "summer slide"? 

Your challenge then, should you choose to accept it, is as follows: 

  • Look for the weekly theme, shared each Friday from June 4 to August 13. The themes will be shared here on the website, in our newsletter and on social media (Instagram and Twitter).
  • Each week, READ a book (or several) inspired by the theme with the children in your life. We'll recommend a few titles each week, but they are only suggestions. 
  • DISCUSS the books you read! Some general discussion topics could be: favorite characters, alternate endings, favorite part of the story, favorite illustration, if/how you can relate to the characters or situations, etc.
  • DO a fun activity each week inspired by that week's reading. These activities are totally up to you and can be as simple as drawing a picture or as epic as going on a real life adventure. 
  • Share the fun on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge.
Plan to join in the fun? Let us know in the comments! At the end of the summer challenge you'll earn a certificate for you and your young readers and have a chance to enter a giveaway. Commenting on this post is not required, but we would love to hear from you.

Have fun reading, discussing, and doing! 



Love this, Becky! Such a great idea!
Karen Condit said…
This is great! Way to shake up the usual summer-reading-log idea. The "doing" is the best part...beside the reading ;)!