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 ELEVEN: Back to School


Welcome to week ELEVEN of the Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge! This is the final week of the challenge. Summer is coming to an end. School is starting, or has started, or will start soon! We hope that you will use this week's challenge as inspiration to read some fun school-related books and get out and have some end-of-summer fun with your family. Whatever you do, have a good time. And remember, reading together doesn't have to end just because the summer does!

Suggested titles:

My Teacher is a Monster! (No I am Not.) by Peter Brown - a funny book that will help your little one realized that teachers are real people too.

Two Tough Trucks by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Hilary Leung - An action packed rhyming story about two very different trucks learning to get along on the first day of school. 

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts - Laugh out loud as Iggy Peck proves to his teacher that his dream of erecting towering structures is worth pursuing. 

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Come back next week (August 20th) for an END OF SUMMER BASH, which will include a round-up of all the Summer Challenge books and fun, a guest post on easy ways to use art to extend the benefits of story time, a giveaway, and more!