Summer is a great time for kids to relax and do the fun stuff they don’t have time for during the school year. However, it is important to keep their minds active so the transition back to school is easier. A great way to achieve this is to enroll them in a summer reading program. It’s a fun and easy way to keep them occupied for an hour each day and to keep their brains working. Here are a few programs your kids can participate in this summer.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Your kids can help set the world record for minutes read over the summer! The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge encourages kids to read and log their minutes online. When they reach weekly milestones they will have the opportunity to answer challenge questions to earn virtual rewards and can be entered in a sweepstakes to win books! You can learn more about this program here.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

Barnes & Noble also has an awesome reading program! All kids have to do is read eight books and record them in the Reading Journal provided online by B&N. At the end of the summer, they can turn in the journal at a local store and choose a FREE book! You can learn more about this program here.

Programs at Your Local Library

You can also check with your local library to see what kind of summer reading programs they have. Most of them have something for kids of all ages! This also gives you the opportunity to spend time with your kids when you make trips to the library together for more books!

Make Your Own

There are plenty of other programs available, or you can create your own summer reading program! You can set goals for your kids in the form of minutes, pages, or books read, and then offer rewards when those goals are met. Rewards can include a toy or game they really want, an ice cream sundae, or a trip to the movies. Choosing a reward that your kids really want can give them that extra motivation, especially if they aren’t particularly fond of reading. Plus, you can be more involved!

No matter which program you chose, your kids will improve their minds and have a blast doing it!

 
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