Some of my earliest memories of summer reading are associated with the book mobile. My siblings and I used to ride our bikes about five miles to Sobieski, where the book mobile stopped, and fill our backpacks up with books. (I’m not sure I always finished mine before we had to take them back. I think my sister Clair always did.)
Now my goal is to share the joys of summer reading with my boys. So we’ve signed them up for a summer reading program. Such programs offer a great way to encourage children to discover new things, travel to exotic places, or enjoy the beauty of language through books. I’ve looked at a few summer reading program options:
Who: children age 14 and under
What: Read for at least 300 minutes in a month to earn a $5 coupon.
Who: children in grades 1-6
What: Read eight books and keep a reading journal. Take the completed journal to a store to get a coupon for a free book.
Who: children under 10 years of age
What: Read all the books on their book list and then visit the store to receive a free book.
Who: school age children and teens
What: Log minutes reading and win prizes online.
Who: children in grades K-8
What: Select books, read them, take online quizzes and win cool prizes.
After looking at these options, we settled on our library program, which offers a child the choice of one book to keep for each 10 hours of reading completed.
The best thing about a reading program – any reading program – is that it keeps us reading all summer. (Doesn’t it seem that there are fewer distractions in the winter?) It is my hope that this routine helps foster a life-long enjoyment of reading. Perhaps if we regularly read to our children, one day they’ll choose to take advantage of the extra time summer affords for sinking into the luxury of a good book.
What summer reading plan do you recommend? Why?