A List of Summer Reading Programs for 2018!

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It's finally June, which means our kids are either out of school, or about to be out of school, and summer reading program season is officially beginning! We've got four kids between us ranging in age from infant to thirteen, and they are all bookworms. Between buddy reading YA, checking out a million chapter books, and reading aloud, our kids' lives are full of books, and summer is the perfect time to encourage them even further. We updated our list of the summer reading programs we love for 2018, and can't wait to start!

1. Check Your Local Library- Many libraries participate in a common summer reading program, and the theme this year is "Libraries Rock!". This reading program is for all ages, ranging from babies to adults, and our local branch is offering things like zoo passes, library totes, free books, and free bowling just for completing a reading "Bingo" style card. Plus every bingo you get earns entries into a raffle for bigger prizes like restaurant gift cards, movie tickets, passes to local attractions, and more! 

2. Check Your Local Bookstore- Local bookstores are always a great space to check out for book clubs, summer reading programs, author events, and more fun stuff you and your child can get excited about! I'm planning to take my little one on a date to pick out some new books at our local favorite, and we plan to attend a couple events there this summer, too. Bookstore trips were always a favorite summer activity for me as a kid, and I hope I can build my son the same kinds of memories.

3. Barnes and Noble- Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a free book by reading any 8 books this summer, recording them in a reading journal, and writing about which part of the book was their favorite and why. Once they've completed their journal, they can choose any free book from the list on the back. This is a great way to add to their shelves for sure! This year they also put out some interesting summer reading lists for adults that are worth a look.

4. Half Price Books- This summer, Half Price Books is offering $5 in bookworm bucks to kids under 14 who complete 300 minutes of reading in a month (thats 15 minutes a day!). Download and fill out a reading log and bring it to the store when you've finished. Easy! They even have lists of great book recommendations for a range of ages, if you need some inspiration. For older teens, they're offering bookworm bucks for posting book reviews of selected titles, and it looks like they've wisely chosen mega popular books this year.

5. Books-A-Million- Mo Willems is their summer reading adventure ambassador this summer! Read and record any four titles from their summer reading adventure section and get a free Elephant and Piggie pencil case with pencils. If you have a little one as obsessed with Elephant and Piggie as mine is, this is a great option, plus I really love their selections this year!

6. Design Your Own- If you have the time and inclination, it might be worth it to design something simple for your household. Choose a reward system and a format, and away you go! This gives you the freedom to focus on your own reading priorities with your kids (or yourself!) and choose meaningful rewards. We'll have some ideas and inspiration for you, as well as sharing what we're doing with our own kids coming up soon.

Are you participating in any summer reading programs? Did we overlook some cool ones? Let us know!