A Bookworm's Guide to the Most Awesome Summer Reading Challenges!
Do summer reading programs work?
Why summer reading programs matter
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The dreaded summer reading slide is a BIG deal and yes - it's a real thing. When kids are not exposed to reading and learning over long breaks of school, such as over the summer months, they can backslide.
But the great thing about the summer months is the amazing amount of great learning opportunity all around you!
When you are on vacation, learn about the places around you. Search for facts about places you haven't been, even in your own hometown.
And of course - READ! Make sure your child's summer is full of reading and great books. This will give your child such a boost in their growth and education.
Here is a video I found on YouTube about a great mom who is not letting her kiddos take a vacation from learning, even though they are on vacation from school!
Planning a summer reading program
Start in May or earlier to really have a great, solid reading plan in place to make your child's summer reading more successful.
There are so many options for getting creative with summer reading challenges. You really only have to pick the program (or programs you want to do, print out whatever information is need, and go for it!)
If there are several programs you and your child choose to do, you can either do them at the same time and have books count for the same reading challenges, or plan to work the programs consecutively. You can't go wrong either way!
Don't forget your local public library for the reading programs they will put on, and you can always join a Kid's Reading Club too, for some added fun!
Summer reading challenge ideas
Come up with your own incentives at home to make up your own reading challenges, and/or try some of the local or online reading programs that you can find!
At-home reading programs
Come up with a challenge for your kiddo that is tailored to what she might like. Put up a reading chart or some kind of incentive to have a goal for reading a certain number of books or amounts of time.
The Great Summer Reading Challenge that I put together is sort of an "all the places you can read" challenge. It's free! Just print it out, tweak it, and use it to motivate your reader.
Online summer reading programs
I did a little research looking for online programs to get kids reading. Here is a list of options for choosing reading programs, although I'm sure you can find more! Lots of companies host reading programs as an incentive for customers and also to boost communities.
Local summer reading programs
Want to find a group local to you? Of course, head over to your local public library to see what is available (or look for them online), or you can even Google it.
Type it into the search bar of Google, check the map below, or click here >> Summer Reading Programs Near Me
Get your creative juices flowing to come up with your own ideas for a summer reading program!
As you can see there are lots of options that you can use for your own to create a reading program for your child. You can make one up at home, tape it onto the fridge and go for it, you can join online programs that help kids make great reading progress, or you can join local programs in your own community!
Whatever you choose for your summer reading challenges, be sure to MAKE IT FUN!
Let me know what your summer reading goals are in the comments and remember to download your Great Summer Reading Challenge printable for FREE!
Table of Contents
- Do summer reading programs work?
- Summer reading challenge ideas
- At-home reading programs
- Online summer reading programs
- ~~Pizza Hut Book It Program
- ~~Reading Rockets Summer Reading Program
- ~~Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
- ~~Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program from Half Price Books
- ~~Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
- ~~Chuck E Cheese Reading Program
- ~~Braums Book Buddy Reading Program
- ~~Chipotle Reading Program
- Local summer reading programs