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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