Here’s a neat program if you have a store in your area. Half Price Books is offering kids a $3 shopping card for every week they read for at least 15 minutes through June and July for their Feed Your Brain summer reading program. The store, which sells used books and has lots of locations in the U.S., seems pretty neat.
Barnes and Noble is once again offering their Summer Reading Program too, where kids read 8 books to earn a free book from their list.
Most libraries have summer reading programs too, though I tend to avoid them because my kids get caught up in quantity over quality and we end up with bucket loads of plastic prize trinkets instead of just kids off in corners and up in trees reading plain old, fabulous books. Perhaps your library has a better program than ours though! Or perhaps you’re a bigger fan of plastic trinkets….
If you want some fabulous chapter book suggestions, 11 year old Victoria heartily recommends these at the moment:
A House Called Awful End (she says it’s very funny!)
Owly ("a sort of comic book with no words– it’s sweet")
Strider (a Beverly Cleary book about two boys who share joint custody of a stray dog)
She’s the only kid in the room at the moment so I can’t tell you what the others recommend! How about your kiddos? Any current favorites?