Director Jewels: Summer Reading Program 2013 {Summer Bucket List}

Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer Reading Program 2013 {Summer Bucket List}


When I was a kid, the very best thing about summer was participating in summer reading programs. I did as many as I could find. One year I think I was involved in a program at two local Christian bookstores, a magazine, and - of course - the library.

We're blessed to have a great library system that offers kids the chance to earn three free books each summer, just for reading. That's a serious win in my mind. We're reading anyway! And a bonus is that it's the same library I visited as a kid. It was automatic to include completing the summer reading program on our bucket list this year.


The way our particular program works is that you can enter your book titles on the library's website and then visit a branch for prize redemption. Because I'm an overachiever a "fun mom," I wanted to make lists for the kids to keep track of our reading success. When I was little, the library had six different colored lists that they sent home with you to track your reading - I loved it, so even though the kids aren't really old enough to understand the concept yet, I put together some printable lists for us to use.


Each list had room for 24 books, since we were encouraged to read 72 books total for the summer. It only took us a few weeks to fill them up, and there are barely any duplicates recorded!

Once we had completed our lists, one afternoon I loaded everyone up and headed to the library to redeem our prizes!


The library had a great big tub of board books to choose from, but neither of my munchkins displayed any interest whatsoever in looking at the available books or make a selection. Lincoln was shouting "DOWN! OUT!" and Addie was wailing by the time we got to the prize table.



In future years, we will probably make individual trips after each list is completed, but with two babies, it makes a whole lot more sense to get it done all in one shot.


Each kid received a certificate with their name, stating that they had completed the program. And our board book library gained six new titles!


The books we brought home are Clifford Shares, BINGO, Clifford's Bedtime, The Pigeon Has Feelings Too, Colors, and Big Red Barn. Who doesn't need more books in their library?


If you have a library nearby, I highly recommend that you check out their summer reading program. It's a great way to get kids more excited about literacy and earn great prizes along the way. 


Come see how much progress we have made on our list!

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