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.