Library Bound: Summer Reading Fun

Reading poolside.  Reading late at night.  Reading by campfire.  Reading on long car rides.  Summer time is reading time.  Teachers tell their students (and parents), if you do one thing this summer – READ!  And the great thing about summer reading – there are oodles of incentives!!

First stop this summer – visit your local library for details on the summer reading program.  The Contra Costa Library provides each child with a card to track their reading in 20 minute increments.   Young readers who log 900 minutes of reading time now through August 5th, will receive:

Plus, local businesses also donate gifts.  In addition to all the listed goodies, last year, Auntie Anne’s provided free pretzels, the library gave each child a new book (their choice) and my kids also received bookmarks, pencil holders and more.  We left arms brimming with goodies. 

If you’re already tracking your reading via the County Library Reading Log, you might as well pop on over to make your minutes count for Read for the World Record.  This year, many schools are participating in Scholastic’s Summer Challenge, which unites students from around the globe to set a new world reading record.  Last years record … 35,846,094 reading minutes.   It’s super easy and fun for the kids to set up and track all on their own.  Plus, the top 20 schools will be listed in the 2011 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records.

Stumped on good summer reads for your kids?  Visit About.com’s Top 10 Summer Reading Lists for Kids & Tweens or pop over to Pragmatic Mom’s blog, where books are listed by category/interest.

Happy Summer Reading!!

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