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 SIX: Nighttime!


Welcome to week five of the Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge! So far we've had a lot of fun with ice cream, playing in the dirt, setting sail, red, white & blue, and fireworks! If you've missed out on any of those challenges, feel free to catch up any time. And if you're new, we hope you'll jump in!

This week's theme is NIGHTTIME! We hope this challenge leads to some fun books and discussions about night. We suggest having some fun with flashlights, playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark, or trying a night sky art project. Whatever you do, you have fun! Remember to use #RDDSummerChallenge if you share in the fun on Instagram and Twitter.

Recommended titles:

Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine, illustrated by Fred Koehler. This is an imaginative book about children using their flashlights to explore the world--and their imaginations--at night.

Noisy Night by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Brian Biggs. A fun book that will have readers trying to solve the mystery of the noises along with the characters.

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young. A cute book about a sneaky little "ninja" creeping through the house at night. It has a fun twist at the end.


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