Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ready, Set, Read!

School's out for the summer, but that doesn't mean children should stop working those brains! Yes, summer means later bedtimes (hopefully sleeping in also) and spontaneous days, but there are sneaky ways of incorporating learning into each day. The easiest way is taking a trip to your local library.
My boys love library trips and if they had their way, we would go at least 2 or 3 times a week. During the school year, in partnership with their teachers, I would check the A.R. level on each book they checked out. A.R. Bookfinder is a great website to check a book's reading level (they even have an app). I am more lenient now for break because any reading is better than no reading, right?
The library is only one of many summer reading programs this year. Check out the following list!
  • Scholastic Books   Reading is logged online and the time spent reading goes toward rewards and you can set it up so the minutes go toward your child's school total where they can win an appearance from an author.
  • Barnes & Noble Read any 8 books and fill out the reading log and then turn it in for a free book (from a group of books)!
  • BOOK IT! Read 5 books and fill out the online form for a chance to win prizes!
  • Chuck E. Cheese Read each day for 2 weeks to fill out the chart. Turn chart in at a participating location for 10 free tokens!
  • Showcase Cinemas If you live on the east coast, your child can watch a free select movie on Wednesdays at Showcase Cinemas. Print out the book report form and fill it out for free admission starting July 8th! 
  • Books-A-Million Check locations first (no locations in CA, WA, OR, ID, name a few). If you do have a Books-A-Million near you, your child can print out the journal, read 4 books from a specified list, and then turn in for Percy Jackson tote bag.
  • Half Price Books Again, check locations first (I am lucky to have one near me). They have 2 different programs: one for kids 8th grade & under, and for teens. The end result is the same: $5 gift card  to the bookstore.      
  • HEB This program is only available for children residing in Texas, ages 3-12. Read 10 books, fill out and send form to receive a free shirt.
  • DOGO Books Read and review 3 books from a specified list, get a free book! This looks to be nationwide and online-based.
  • TD Bank Check locations for one near you. After reading 10 books, your child can earn $10 in a new or existing Young Saver bank account.
These programs are for children, but there are adult summer reading programs at local libraries, so don't get discouraged! ;)  Do you know of another reading program I can add to this list?

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