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Summer Reading Challenges for Kids

complete guide to summer reading challenges for kids

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate a little learning (and fun) into our kids summer program. Encourage them to read, and they just might get rewarded too.

Here are some great summer reading challenges for kids.

  1. Barnes & Noble: Read 8 books and record them in the Barnes & Noble reading journal, take it into the store and choose a free book from their selection on the reading journal list.
  2. Pottery Barn Kids: Read 8 books from the Pottery Barn Kids recommended book list and kids will receive a free book.  They also have weekly in-store activities including story time, activities, character appearances and snacks.
  3. Scholastic: From now until September 5, 2014 kids can read, log entries, earn rewards and enter to win prizes with the Scholastic Reading Under the Stars Reading Challenge.
  4. Pizza Hut: Spark Your Greatness with the Pizza Hut Summer Reading Challenge from June 1 to August 15, 2014 and your kid could win a prize pack including books and a Pizza Hut gift card.
  5. Chuck E. Cheese: Download and print the free reading calendar from Chuck E. Cheese, mark it off and take it in to your local venue and your child will earn 10 tokens.
  6. Half Price Books: Join the Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Challenge, log 300 minutes to earn a $5 Bookworm Bucks and one lucky child (in each age group) each month will win a $20 gift card.
  7. Reading is Fundamental: Take a look at their monthly calendar for inspiration on reading activities with kids.
  8. Education.com: Stop by education.com for a free do-it-yourself summer reading guide for kids.

Tip: Check with your local library whether they have a summer reading program too.

More resources:

  • Rusty and Rosy: Right here on Rusty and Rosy we have thousands of reading activities for kids.
  • Amazon books: Take a look at the summer reading list for kids on Amazon, it’s broken down by ages.
  • Dr Seuss: Visit seusville.com where you’ll find a great selection of Summer of Seuss fun activities and kids can create their own ‘Who’ and earn Dooklas.
  • PBS Kids: raise a reader and make reading fun with tips from PBS.

Summer Reading

encourage your child to read

It’s here! Summertime! Summer of fresh fruit, splashes in the sun, water pistols and sunscreen. Summer of mud baths, unstructured play, camping and canoeing. Summer of ice cream, watermelon, lemonade and fireflies. Whew! With all that busy-ness, who has time for reading ,right? Adults know the value of summer reading: an opportunity to slow down, relax and improve our skills and knowledge. But for many kids, summer reading is a slow down they don’t want when they could be outside having fun in the sun.

Whether your child loves reading or not, it’s important to keep him reading through the summer months so that, on the return to school in the fall, he hasn’t slipped down the slide. (For information on neutralizing the summer slide without overdoing it, read The Summer Slide, Is It Something To Fear?) What can you do? Encourage your child to read without making it a chore.

Implement Rest Hour

Every afternoon in our home, we have rest hour. During that hour everyone spends time doing something on his or her own, in his or her own space, quietly. I like to read a book or a magazine (it sets a good example and, usually  it’s a reward for me to get quiet time to read.) Sometimes the kids play LEGOs or do puzzles. Other times we’ll find them drawing or designing a cool new city for their Hexbugs or falling into a much-needed restful sleep. Usually, they end up reading a book for at least a part of that hour. Rest hour allows children to unwind and think on their own. When you provide quiet activities for a child to do, and the time to do it, he’ll take himself into his own world and get lost in himself which is critical for independent growth.

Join a summer reading club

A summer reading club allows young readers to set goals and gain rewards for completing their goals. Children will log the books they’ve read and when they hit a “reward”, return their reading chart or log to receive a prize. Locally, you’ll find clubs at libraries. Barnes and Noble is offering a program this summer, Imagination’s Destination, that awards children with a new book after reading and logging 8 books.  Read2Dream was started by a school teacher in her classroom and has spread nation wide this year–offering children a membership to a club where they set personal and team goals for reading encouragement.

Create your own goals

With your child, create your own goals and rewards system. Stronger readers can track reading time or chapters, while new readers can track books or time. Come up with rewards your child desires–be it new books, staying up an extra hour, a trip for ice cream or to the movies. Make sure your goals are reachable so that your child won’t have to wait all summer for a reward. Shelley at How Does She? featured a fabulous program she created, Summer Reading STAR!, (she included free printables!) that rewards children for reading with individually created prizes.

However you encourage your children to read this summer, give them time, help them to find books, and make it fun. Happy reading!