(Mady, summer 2009)
Each summer my children participate in all of the reading programs that we can find in our area. One of my kids needs that extra incentive to read, and one needs no incentive at all. In fact, last year she read so many books that she blew the competition out of the water and won the award for most books read through the public library. The public library has an adult reading program too - last year I won a $20 gift certificate to Village Books for participating! Check out the links below...
Barnes and Noble (national) Print a reading log yourself or pick one up in store. After any 8 books read, return the log to pick out a free book (they have about 20 different titles to choose from). Available for 1st-6th grade. Begins May 25th.
Borders (national) Print the form, read ten books, and return to Borders or Waldenbooks to choose a free book from one of 10 that they have pre-selected. For ages 12 and under.
Bellingham Public Library (local) Child, teen and adult programs, as well as activities throughout the summer. Great prizes that have been donated from local businesses. Last year our family received certificates to Mallard's, Rocket Donuts, and Village Books. Details coming soon from their website.
Village Books (local) Pick up your challenge form at the shop. After reading a variety of books, including poetry, historical, non-fiction and biography, plus those of your own choosing, receive a $5 gift certificate to Village Books and an ice cream cone at Collophon Cafe next door. I love this one because it stretches kids to read a broader variety of books, and because who doesn't love free ice cream? Ages 13 and under.
If you need any ideas for great reading material, a friend of mine recommended this book to me - Honey For a Child's Heart. We have Honey For a Teen's Heart as well, and use both regularly. Our's are filled with notes and underlined for books we want (meaning I want the chilren) to read. They are of a Christian perspective, but offer all types of (appropriate) books and advice for character building through books and give great advice for developing your children into reading lovers. (If you are a local homeschooler and belong to MP3, mine were covered by Star funds, and yours likely would be too.)