I was shocked when I read the research that discovered how much kids can lose if they stop reading during their summer break. According to studies, kids can lose up to three months of reading comprehension in one summer. That is an entire quarter of school. So it’s important that we keep those books open and try to get 30 minutes of reading time in each day. The great news is, we don’t have to do this alone. There are several fun and exciting reading programs out there for kids during the summer to keep them motivated. Here are my top three:
Houston Public Library Reading Program
Where: Any of the Houston Public Library locations
What: The Summer Reading Program at the Houston Public Library (HPL) is a free incentive-based program to encourage kids to read and explore various library programs
Who: Kids 0-18 years old
When: June 1- Aug. 1
How: Register online or at any HPL location. Then read or listen to books and log them in your booklet. There are prizes for each book level you get to from 5 -30.
More Info: Attend workshops and programs for additional prizes. For more information or to register visit http://houstonlibrary.org/summer.
Scholastic Summer Reading Program
What: Become a reading superhero this summer and unlock stories and earn prizes
Who: Kids 3-12
When: May 9 – Sept. 9
How: Register online, log your minutes, win prizes
More Info: For more information or to register visit www.scholastic.com.
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathlon
Where: Your local Barnes and Noble location
What: Fill out your reading log this summer, turn it in at your local Barnes and Noble location and get a FREE book!
Who: Kids from 5 – 12
When: May 17 – Sept. 6
How: Download the Barnes and Noble Reading log online
More Info: For more information or to register visit http://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading.