Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Reading Program

It is very important for children to continue reading through the summer so that they retain more of what they learned during the school year.  I have one child who can't help reading everything she gets her hands on, but another one who has been very slow and resistant to read.  With the help of a remarkable teacher and wonderful volunteers, she has made a lot of progress this year.  In an attempt to help her keep the momentum and to continue progressing, I searched out some summer reading programs.
Weber County Library Summer Reading Program
This program is for children ages 3-12.  This year's theme is “One World, Many Stories," and runs from June 6 to July 8.  There will be weekly prizes and raffles, and a big final party.  There is also a teen program themed "You Are Here."  Register at your local branch, or call one of these numbers for more information:
                Main Library................ 801-337-2639
                North Branch............... 801-337-2650
                Ogden Valley Branch... 801-337-2660
                Pleasant Valley Branch 801-337-2690
                Southwest Branch........ 801-337-2670

The Governor's 2011 Summer Reading Challenge
This one has the same theme, "One World, Many Stories."  Kids mark a bookmark each time they read 20 minutes.  When they have read 20 hours, mail it in for a certificate.  They also have calendars full of fun literacy activities centered around the theme.  Download bookmarks and calendars here.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading
This program is as simple as reading eight books and writing it in a journal.  When the journal is full return it to the nearest Barnes & Noble for a free book.  Download the journal and a parents activity kit here.

Scholastic Summer Challenge
Kids will have fun logging their minutes read on this website.  They are entered into a sweepstakes to win free books each day they log their reading time.  If they reach the weekly goal, they get to spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes.  All minutes read are combined in attempt to beat last years totals and set a new world record.

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