One of the best ways to avoid the summer reading slump is to provide children with opportunities to read during summer vacation. Following are ten resources educators and parents can use to help motivate elementary and teenage readers. Participation is free unless otherwise noted.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – this summer’s incentive program, “A Magical Summer of Reading,” is open to all students across the U.S. Participants log reading minutes throughout the summer and are able to unlock various digital rewards as they complete challenges. To receive a user name and password, students must be registered by teacher, librarian or other community leader.
Sync Audio Books for Teens – this online site offers two free downloads a week for readers aged 13 and up from now until July 26 in an MP3 format. Students only need to download the OverDrive app to participate.
Livonia Public Library’s Libraries Rocks! Program – students can register and track time to receive incentives for reading. There is also a program for teens that includes a drawing for a Nintendo Switch as well as reading-related activities and events. Check your local community library for details on its summer reading program for young children and teens.
Barnes and Noble summer reading program – young children and teens can select books from thematic lists to read over the summer. The book seller also sponsors a blog for children and teens that gives book suggestions. Participants who read eight books and complete the reading journal can choose a free book.
Barefoot Books Summer Reading Program – for children eight and up. The focus of this club is reading books centered on the theme of kindness. Participants receive a reading list, log, and other activities to enjoy.
Books A Million – if children read 4 books from a list of suggested titles, they receive a free pencil case and pencils. There are two stores in southeast Michigan – one in Monroe and one in Beverly Hills.
Read Brightly – this site from Colorado teacher Melissa Taylor offers separate specific reading programs for children ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and teens. No prizes but simply fun lists to inspire children to read different genres.
Pottery Barn kids offers a weekly story time every Tuesday at 11 am. Check local stores to verify participation and times.
Imagination Soup offers summer reading lists for children in grades 1 – 8. No prizes, but lists of suggested books are always helpful.
Bonnie Taylor Learning offers a summer reading program designed to improve reading skills. The online video lessons focus on building phonemic awareness, reading fluency, comprehension as well as visualization, note-taking and critical thinking. NOTE: There is a charge to participate in this program.
For parent tips and other resources and information, check out the Reading Rockets summer resource reading page.