Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Kids outsideBy Lauren Strait

I was shocked when I read the research that discovered how much kids can lose if they stop reading during their summer break. According to studies, kids can lose up to three months of reading comprehension in one summer. That is an entire quarter of school. So it’s important that we keep those books open and try to get 30 minutes of reading time in each day. The great news is, we don’t have to do this alone. There are several fun and exciting reading programs out there for kids during the summer to keep them motivated. Here are my top three:

Houston Public Library Reading Program

Where: Any of the Houston Public Library locations

What: The Summer Reading Program at the Houston Public Library (HPL) is a free incentive-based program to encourage kids to read and explore various library programs

Who: Kids 0-18 years old

When: June 1- Aug. 1

How: Register online or at any HPL location. Then read or listen to books and log them in your booklet. There are prizes for each book level you get to from 5 -30.

More Info: Attend workshops and programs for additional prizes. For more information or to register visit http://houstonlibrary.org/summer.

Scholastic Summer Reading Program

Where: Scholastic.com

What: Become a reading superhero this summer and unlock stories and earn prizes

Who: Kids 3-12

When: May 9 – Sept. 9

How: Register online, log your minutes, win prizes

More Info: For more information or to register visit www.scholastic.com.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

Where: Your local Barnes and Noble location

What: Fill out your reading log this summer, turn it in at your local Barnes and Noble location and get a FREE book!

Who: Kids from 5 – 12

When: May 17 – Sept. 6

How: Download the Barnes and Noble Reading log online

More Info: For more information or to register visit http://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading.

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