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 Sign-Up and Giveaway!

 Adventure awaits! The Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge officially kicks off on June 2, and we are gearing up with a giveaway for all who sign up to participate. Signing up is not necessary for you to join the fun, but if you DO sign up, you’ll be entered to win one of two books to add to your picture book library.

The books: BAA, BAA, TAP SHEEP by Kendra Henthorn, illustrated by Lauren Gallegos and TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Hilary Leung (this book will be signed by Rebecca).

How to enter: DEADLINE EXTENDED! Leave a comment on this post! That’s it. Well, also, you have to be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. mailing address to be eligible. Easy, right? The winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m. CDT so get your comments in by Thursday, June 1st at 11:59 p.m. CDT!

Head on over and sign up! And be sure to grab the printable bookmarks too. Click the image to download the PDF.

Would you like to help us spread the word? Download the yellow image at the top 👆 of this page to share on social media. You could also download and print the black and white one 👇 and have your kids color it. Your choice!

One more thing! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (now on Substack) so that you don't miss any updates. The weekly themes will go out every Friday beginning June 2. If you subscribed to the newsletter before, you'll need to subscribe again if you want to keep receiving emails. 

Thank you, and happy reading!


Julia said…
Excited to join in the summer fun!!
Yay!! This will be fun!
Samantha Coté said…
Through this legally binding comment I hereby declare my intent to participate in the summer festivities!
Samantha Worthing said…
Looking forward to a summer of reading on the porch with my kiddos 😊
Stephanie Ekstedt said…
Can't wait to see the fun you have planned 😁