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Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports: Summertime reading

Jun 17, 2009

Summertime reading

Here's my new version of Gershwin's Summertime. All together now, sing along.....

Summertime,its time to get our kids reading
There are reading programs, all around the town
Just read a few books and they'll see it's rewarding
And once summer is done, they'll still be reading all the time .

Ok, ok, I see the quick curtain call!

Jokes aside, I really love the summer reading programs as they encourage kids who don't regularly read to actually pick up a few books and read even if it's just to win a reward or two. Books grow on you. Over time, kids realize that reading can actually be fun and as the saying goes, a book can get to be their best friend.

So here are some of the summer reader programs out there. Click on the links for more information on how to enroll your kids.
  • Barnes and Noble - read 8 books and get a coupon for a free book from B & N. (May 26- September 7 2009)
  • Half Price books - kids (12 years and under) can earn a 3$ gift card every week for reading atleast 15 minutes every day of that week. If you stay close to a Half Price book store you can get upto 24$ in gift cards by the end of the promotion, if you started at the beginning of this month! (June 1- July 31 2009)The only hitch is you can only use one 3$ card per purchase.
  • Chuck E Cheese - click on the Reading rewards link to download the form. Your child will get 10 free tokens on submission of the form. (December 31 2009)
  • HEB - Read 10 books and send in your form to get a kids t-shirt, stickers, a certificate and some other cool stuff. (August 9 2009)
  • TD Bank - read 10 books, fill in the form and get 10$. (May 4- September 30 2009). Valid only in SE Florida, NY, NJ, DE and Washington DC.
  • Scholastic - a chance to win different sweepstakes.
  • Sylvan Learning- a reading motivation program for kids from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Kids read books from the list and earn points that can be redeemed for various prizes.
  • Pottery Barn Club- your child will need to attend 5 story sessions at a Pottery Barn book club and get a special gift at the end of the 5th session. (This isn't really a Summer reading program but something that is year round, every Tuesday from 11am-11.30am)
  • Reading is Fundamental (RIF) - log in reading minutes to collectively reach a goal of 5 million minutes read with kids. All participants are eligible to win a Disney World package, US Airways giftcards and books. (ends June 30 2009)
  • Check with your local library for more information on their summer program. (This varies from library to library)
Now with incentives like that, why wouldn't our kids want to read?

Check out an earlier post titled Read,read,read.



At June 17, 2009 at 5:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the summer reading program too. I just love reading in general.

Welcome to SITS!

At June 17, 2009 at 7:51 PM , Blogger Jen said...

you are so right on here. Summer reading programs are the best.

Stopped by from SITS to say hello and welcome.

At June 17, 2009 at 10:46 PM , Blogger Mercedes said...

I am so excited cause I am taking my son to our library's summer reading program tomorrow morning. He always has a blast! I haven't tried the Barnes and Noble one yet. I will have to look into that for sure!

Welcome to SITS! We are excited to have you!

At June 18, 2009 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Cammie said...

I cant wait till my kids get a little bit older to participate in stuff like this. Until then, I read to them all the time!
Welcome to SITS!

At June 18, 2009 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Sheryl said...

Welcome to SITS, it's a great place to make new friends.

At June 18, 2009 at 10:05 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Great deals and great buys ! Loved your version of Summertime ....I agree with a book in hand you never get lonely ...anywhere in the world...when you get lost in the world of make -believe or reality.Happy reading Bunny Girl and Bunny Mom !


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