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 Printable Calendar

 The Summer Challenge begins in just over a week! If you haven't signed up and entered the giveaway yet, head over to this post to jump in. You can win a copy of Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez!

The Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge is all about pairing books with summer fun! Every Friday, beginning June 3rd, we will share a weekly theme along with book recommendations, discussion starters, and ideas for summer activities to extend the fun of story time. What better way to connect with your kids and prevent the summer slide? 

Would you like a heads up about the weekly themes? Download our printable Summer Challenge calendar! It includes all ten challenge themes and ideas for activities you can do each week. Plus it's a colorful and fun remind to hang on the fridge! Click here to download the PDF.

You can also download and print these Summer Challenge bookmarks for your kiddos to color and use this summer. And don't forget to share the graphic below on social media to help us spread the word. Be sure to use #RDDSummerChallenge!