#1: Summer Reading 📖
Summer is the perfect time to focus on reading lots and lots of books. The best thing about focusing on reading over the summer is that there are so many different summer reading programs. There’s also no shortage of ideas to encourage your kids to read books over those lazy summer days.
The number one best source (of course) for summer reading programs is your local library. Our library does a wonderful summer reading program every year and my kids earn free books and medals and prizes.
If you live in a place where you can visit libraries in different cities and counties, you can double up on your reading rewards. There’s no rule against registering for and getting a library card for multiple systems (except of course that you need to be well organized to keep all the books separate.)
By registering for different library systems in multiple counties or cities you can take advantage more than one summer reading program.
One great way to find out what summer reading programs are around you is to take a look at the Beanstack app. This is a really great app for tracking your summer reading and you can use it to search for summer reading programs near you. We love this app because you can scan the barcode of the books that you read. My kids really love scanning their books as they finish them.
One popular reading challenge for kids is to do a 100 book challenge over the summer. This is particularly great for big readers. There a lot of hundred book challenge printables out there that can help you. I have a couple of really fun ones including my Summer 100 Book Challenge Printable Pack.
If you need something that’s a little more simple and less intimidating for kids who are not big readers, then my Gumball Reading Challenge Printable may be a better choice. You can use dot markers, stickers, or stamps to fill up the gumball machine for every book that your child reads – or for every chapter they read. It’s simple, fun, and effective!