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

Coming Soon: April Poetry Challenge!

April is National Poetry Month, and we're once again inviting you to participate in a celebration of poetry! This year we are hosing a Parent and Child Poetry Challenge, inviting you and your children to learn about and write poetry together. Each week, beginning on Monday, April 3, we will feature a different form of poetry. The posts will include sample poems, reading suggestions, and tips for writing the featured form of poem.

We would love for you to participate and share your poems with us! You can share the poems in the comments on the blog each week, in replies to our social media posts, or on your own social media feeds using the hashtag #RDDPoetryChallenge. Alternatively, you can email your poems to readdiscussdo@gmail.com. At the end of the month there will be a post featuring all of your wonderful poems. How cool will it be for your children to see the poems you are writing together featured here on Read, Discuss, Do?

If you don't have kids or your kids are grown, you are still welcome to join the fun. Feel free to borrow a grandchild, niece or nephew, or the child of the friend. Maybe even your own parent or grandparent! We're pretty chill about the "rules" around here. 

In addition to our weekly challenge posts, we'll be sharing plenty of other poetry content here on the blog and on Instagram and Twitter. I hope you stick around for the fun!

In case you're new here, check out some of last year's Poetry Month posts: