Summer Reading Programs: Libraries, Bookstores, and Online
If you don’t have the energy or time to create a summer reading program at home for your child, sign up for one sponsored by public libraries, bookstores, or online book publishers. The programs are fun, free, and effective in encouraging your ADD/ADHD and/or LD child to turn the page.
Summer Reading Programs Available at Public libraries. The Collaborative Summer Library Program, a grassroots organization, creates summer reading programs for libraries in 48 states. This summer, its programs center on two themes: “Make a Splash: Read” (for kids) and “Make Waves @ Your Library” (for teens).
Public library summer programs typically consist of two elements. One is a reading incentive program, in which kids keep a reading log, and are awarded prizes for reaching milestones. The second is special events -- story times, concerts, and parties -- that entertain and increase a child’s motivation to read.
Summer Reading Programs Available at Bookstores. Barnes & Noble and Borders run reading incentive programs each summer. Your local independent bookstore may also have one. Kids typically earn discounts or free books by participating in these programs. Watch for local advertising for in-store events -- visits from popular storybook characters, themed story times, author visits, and book-release parties.
Online Summer Reading Programs. Scholastic kicked off its 2010 reading program at the end of April. This year’s theme is “Read for the World Record.” Participants join schoolmates online to track their summer reading. The goal? To set school and world records for most minutes spent reading. Scholastic offers online book lists and special discounts on products as part of its Web-based program.