Summer Reading Programs for Kids
Summer Reading Programs for Kids
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

It’s no secret that when school ends, most students don’t want to think about doing math or reading books anymore. But reading over the summer, even just once a week, has many benefits. Libraries and book organizations across the world prepare at the end of every school year to promote their summer reading programs so as to encourage students to keep up with and enhance their own learning.

There are many available reading programs, which can often be found at local libraries, but here are some larger ones with benefits that will incentivize students to read on their own time:

  • Half Price Books has a program where if students read for just 15 minutes a day, they can earn over 300 “points” and cash them in for “Bookworm Bucks,” which can be used toward purchases. The reading log can be found online.

  • The Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program encourages students to read by offering a free book from a preselected list once the student finishes eight books. The students just have to answer a couple of simple questions in their Summer Reading Journal and turn it in to a local Barnes and Noble when they’ve finished.

  • The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge allows students to digitally input their reading minutes to work collectively toward a world record challenge and earn prizes. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the 2018 theme of the reading contest is “A Magical Summer of Reading.”

  • Or, look around town for library or school-sponsored programs.

No matter what program you do or don’t choose to participate in, encouraging students to read over the summer prevents the “summer slide,” which can set students back in terms of literary comprehension. But no kid wants to be forced into something he or she doesn’t have any interest in, so if your student is struggling to find motivation, thinking of small incentives or prizes can go a long way.