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The BIG List of Summer Reading Programs

School’s almost out!  Around here, we’re looking for ways to keep our little readers turning the pages all summer long.

Have you signed up for any summer reading programs?

My kids are completely driven by stars on charts.  We’ve been to our local library, which is the natural spot for a summer reading program since it’s where we’ll find most of our books to read. We scored a free book to kick off the summer, a chart and some suggested reading lists.

Still need some incentives or ideas?

Here’s my BIG List of Summer Reading Programs for all ages and all places-

Barnes & Noble – Sign up, read 8 books, keep a reading journal and earn a free book.  You can also find a set of workbooks, a reading kit and suggested reading lists by age group.

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Scholastic Summer Challenge – Can you read all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower?  Scholastic is trying to set another World Record for number of minutes read and logged on their site.  Sign up and log your minutes under your local school and earn rewards. Best part? A Summer Reading Challenge App with book lists,  time tracking and a timer.  It does take a bit of work to register all your kids and set them up on your phone, but then you can time and log your reading wherever your summer takes you.

Book Adventure by Sylvan – Start by creating an account. Use a handy tool to find books and save them to Your Book List.  Read and come back to take quizzes and earn prizes.

TD Bank – Read 10 books, fill out your chart and earn $10 in a Young Saver Account.  It literally pays to read.

Reading Rockets – This site has resources for professional librarians AND Parents.  The book lists are built for ages 0-3,-3-6,  and 6-9, including audio books. Their Start With A Book  site is awesome for taking a book or a theme and creating activities to build on the book, such as worksheets, crafts and even mobile apps.  They call them Reading Adventure Packs and we can’t wait!

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GetSchooled.com – Keep your teen motivated to read with this Virtual Summer Book Club.  They’ll have a chance to win books, gift cards, and other rewards as they join book chats, take polls or play games.  Points earn rewards. Programs runs from June 10 – July 26, kicking off with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie,

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Bonus – Here’s a great book list for Young Adult readers from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

PotteryBarnKids Summer Reading Challenge – You can download a bookmark, reading list and progress tracker.  Print off your certificate of completion and visit your local store for a free book.  Some stores also have reading time on the calendar, through Aug 26th.

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Don’t forget to check for a reading program at your state level.  A few links to get you started – Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

What do you look for in a summer reading program?  What motivates your kids?

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  1. Nicola 01/28/2014 at 10:50 pm

    Do check out the guided reading program for kids from Snap Learning.

    http://www.snaplearning.co

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