I love summer for a lot of things, but I LOVE the summer reading programs. Kids can actually go backwards in their academic performance during the summer. So much of that backwards slide could be prevented by READING!
Here are a few summer reading programs...
Most important... Check out your local library! Our local library is doing a reading program called "One World, Many Stories".
Tyndale is doing a summer reading program for adults AND teens/kids. If you read 5 books, you get to select a free book. Click the link and read their requirements for participating!
Borders is again doing their Double Dog Dare Challenge. Read ten books, get one free. That is pretty simple! Plus you have until September 5th to read!
Barnes and Noble is sponsoring Imagination's Destination this summer, where kids read 8 books to earn a free one. This goes through September 6, and is good for kids in grades 1-6.
Chuck E Cheese offers a Reading Rewards Calendar (along with several other rewards calendars). Once a child has completed two weeks of reading, he or she can submit the completed Chuck E Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens.
Scholastic and WordGirl is challenging kids to read at least four books this summer. But more importantly they are trying to set a new Guiness World Record! In summer of 2011, students around the world logged 52,710,368 reading minutes with Scholastic. This year they are hoping to break that record!