6 Fun Summer Reading Programs Kids Will Love
Kids are counting down the days until school is out, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to put the books away.
Summer reading programs abound to keep kids reading throughout the summer.
“It is so important for students to keep reading over the summer. Like any acquired skill, reading needs to be practiced,” says Sarah Pavlik, third grade teacher atHarper School in Wilmette District 39.
She says that participating in summer reading programs helps kids maintain reading stamina and ability. Pavlik also notes that games and activities at libraries, bookstores and restaurants hosting reading programs “promote more dialogue about books between friends and beg the question, ‘What are you reading this week?”’
Summer reading programs often center on fun topics. “Having a great theme is what motivates the kids to join a reading program,” says Sara Sinek, Vice President of Corporate Communications forScholastic.
All local libraries offer great summer reading programs, so be sure to check with your local branch.
Summer Reading Programs
Kids are encouraged to read and log minutes all summer long with the collective goal of setting a new reading world record for number of minutes read. “With this number of kids signed up, we are sure to break the reading world record in no time,” Sinek says. “This is certainly going be a summer all about reading.”
On June 6, the Adler Planetarium hosts a special “Reading Under the Stars” overnight event with free books, flashlights and activity sheets for attendees.
After participants read and record eight books in a reading journal, they may choose a free book from the store’s Reading Journal list. A guide for parents and teachers as well as student activity sheets can be found online.
Reading makes you hungry! Kids up to age 13 earn a free burger after reading five books.
Kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade who read five books over the summer will be eligible to win one of 50 prizes. Kids and parents can participate together in an Instagram scavenger hunt at #BOOKITSummer.
The store offers a book list for independent readers and another for early readers designed for parents to read with younger children. Kids who read them all can print a certificate of completion, earn a free book, and enter to win a backpack of books. Reading events will be held in stores.
The downloadable reading guides, worksheets, historical character trivia and store are designed to help kids escape into a story.
Summer Book Suggestions
Pavlik says that summer is a great time to let kids pick their own titles. “High-interest, engaging material may hook reluctant readers. Ultimately, teachers want students to discover the joy of reading!”
- Flora and Ulysses: An Illuminated Adventure by Kate DiCamillo
- Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
- The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff
- The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
- Strike Three You’re Dead by Josh Berk
- Sophia’s War: A Tale of Revolution by Avi
- Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
- The Shark Whisperer by Dr. Ellen Prager
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak