Summer Reading Programs for Kids

My daughter and I visited Half Price Books last weekend because she wanted some Mr. Men and Little Miss books, and our local library said all their copies were marked “lost” in the system. While there, I was reminded that Half Price Books has started their summer reading program. It’s a fabulous program because children can earn a $3 gift card for reading a minimum of 15 minutes a day for at least five days during the week.

My daughter was so excited to see that she could get a gift card just for reading… something she loves to do! She used the first gift card to buy Mr. Tickle. The program goes through the end of July so my daughter will be able to buy herself several Mr. Men and Little Miss books! Learn more about the Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program at Half Price Books.

The Dallas Public Library also has a summer reading program where children can earn prizes. You can register your child online. Borders and Barnes & Noble also have reading programs where children earn rewards for reading.

Here are some of the ways I encourage my daughter to read:

~ We always spend 15-30 minutes a night reading one book in English and one in French, and now that my daughter is reading, she gets to read me a book too. If she wants me to read more than one chapter of a book to her, she knows she has to get ready for bed early. This is a great way for me to get her into bed with less procrastination from her!

~ I ask my daughter to read me a book before she can watch TV. She adores watching the Mr. Men and Little Miss show on Boomerang in the early evening and will gladly read me a book so she can watch the show.

~ We visit the library 1-2 times per month and check out a variety of books – many of which my daughter selects. If we find a certain book series that she really enjoys, I will sometimes buy copies to keep at home. I am trying to cut the clutter in my home, so I love how I can update our selection of books without filling up my bookshelves. The Dallas Public Library has a great website where you can reserve books and have them delivered to the library in your neighborhood. You can also renew your books online, which I do whenever I can’t get to the library to return them on time.

Check out other tips people have shared on how they encourage children to read during the summer and feel free to share your own suggestions!

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms blogging program to be eligible to get an “I Can Read!” book. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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