Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Reading Program


It's hard to believe, but summer is nearly halfway over.  CRAZY.  The girls signed up for the summer reading program at the library the day after school ended.  Our plan was to meet their goals by July 1, the first day prizes can be redeemed.  They're excited to pick out their free books, and I don't want to keep track of their reading when it's time to leave town for vacation.  We were only a day off.  Big Sis finished her last book this afternoon, so I took them to the library today.  They each chose a free book off the cart.  Big Sis was super-excited to find Louis Sachar's Wayside School is Falling Down.  She has read my sister's childhood copy of Sideways Stories from Wayside School not once, but twice!  Little Sis was harder to please.  She refused to look at any of the paperback picture books, insisting she needed a chapter book.  My dilemma is that she isn't ready to read most chapter books on her own.  I can't convince her to pick up Frog & Toad or Amelia Bedelia. She wants Junie B. Jones or something like that.  There were two Junie B.s on the cart, but they were ones we already have.  I tried to convince her to grab a Calvin & Hobbes treasury, thinking she and her daddy would have a blast with that, but no.  She finally found a Goosebumps Horrorland book, and that is what she wanted.  Sigh.  Who knows when this thing will actually get read...  I refuse to read a scary story before bedtime, and she isn't ready to read it on her own.

In addition to their books, the girls scored sacks of freebies:  coupons for free mini golf games, free baseball and hockey games, kids' meals from various restaurants, free book from the library's used book store, etc. etc.


Are your kids participating in any reading programs this summer?  I know there are bookstores and other businesses that reward kids for reading, besides libraries.  Growing up, my babysitter only signed us kids up once or twice, but I loved it and always remembered it.  I was such a bookworm, I didn't really care about the prizes.  I just wanted to read more books than all the other kids.  Competitive much?  Yep.



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4 comments:

  1. Your girls did well! Way to go on the reading schedule! I only signed up to the library's reading program. Guess what, my boy has not really read any books yet. Sigh. My boy is totally unlike me. He prefers to pay Wii games with his cousins and draw. Oh well, I still go to the library and get him books just in case he might be interested in one of the stories!

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    1. Little Sis will only sit through chapter books at bedtime, and sometimes, not even then. But we read 24 picture books, even though we set the goal at 20. Big Sis's goal was lower, only five, but we weren't counting picture books, only "big kid" books.

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  2. Wow I didn't know there were such things as programs that reward kids for reading! (We don't have them here- then again there's a lot we don't have bookwise and librarywise...) Good for the girls! Lol that the little one chose a scary story, I recall she's fond of such things. Love her ruby slippers!!

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    1. Then she scares herself and won't go to sleep when she's supposed to. UGH. ;) I love the summer reading programs I've found. I do wish reading was its own reward, but I understand that some kids truly need the incentive. Yes, her latest pair of ruby slippers! This is pair number 5. When she outgrows these, I'll need to keep an eye out for number 6...

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