Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Reading Guide

Words and images by Kathryn.

You probably already know about your local library's summer reading program. But if your kids are anything like mine, they breeze through that program in no time. Or if you are in a smaller town in AZ, you may not have program with your library to participate in. We have compiled a list of other reading programs and ideas for keeping reading fun all summer long.

Bookman's Read 10 Get 1 Free (all year long)  Also, while you are clicked on that link, sign your kids up for Bookman's Kid's Club.  A $10 gift certificate on their birthday is always a nice present.

Changing Hands Bookstores Club Read (all year long)


Storytimes Tuesdays from 11:00 - 11:30 as well as a reading program

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program and great downloadable reading kit.  This kit will give you ideas of ways to increase reading comprehension and make reading more interactive and fun! 

Some other programs worth noting:



Of course, if you are close to a public library, make sure to sign up for their reading program:


Make your own reading adventure...


In our family we like to choose a book that I read aloud to my girls.  Then we do a fun activity that coincides with the book.  We went to play in Tonto Creek and pretend we were lost children after reading "Box Car Children."  Our lunch consisted of blueberries, a chunk of bread and cheese and milk that stayed cooled in the stream.  After reading "Little House on the Prairie" we dressed like pioneers and discussed what it meant to be a pioneer.  We made rag dolls, vegetable stew and biscuits.  Anything by Roald Dahl is fun:  "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" (have a candy making day), "The BFG" (go outside and outline your giant shadow)...currently we are reading "Princess Academy" by Shannon Hale.  We just might make some stone necklaces afterwards.  Making reading exciting does not need to be a grand Pinterest worthy effort.  Pick a book, read, and do a simple activity.  Keep it SIMPLE!

We also like this reading chain idea found here.  How long will your chain be by the end of summer?

I love these lists by Simply Kierste (another mom of two sets of twins) for boy and girl approved chapter books.  Of course I know several girls who enjoy many of the books on the boy list :)  She also has some great ideas for starting your own home reading program.

What do you do to inspire reading in your home?

Thanks to Arizona Shopping Secrets as a resource for compiling the list of reading programs.
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