Wednesday , 25 April 2018

Your Children Are Out of School for the Summer… What Do You Do Now? Part 2

Welcome back! Last week, we discussed local summer camps for teens and younger children. This week, we are going to talk about the fabulous reading programs for school age children.

Summer reading programs not only give the kids a chance to earn free books and such, but also improve their learning skills for the upcoming school year. Every year, when my children’s last report card comes home, it has included a letter from the upcoming grade level teachers. In the letter, it states “Homework for the summer: read, read, read.” They have good reasons for it, and thank goodness for the reading programs. The programs really help us, parents, encourage our children to read, when maybe they would rather be doing something else.

Listed below are the programs my family and I currently use. If you know of any that I have not included, please feel free to let me know so I can pass on the good information.

1. Borders “Double-Dog Dare Challenge” – For ages 12 & under, 6/1/11-9/5/11. After your child reads 10 books & logs them on their form, bring in the coupon for a free book. Go to

to download your form.

2. Half Price Books “Feed Your Brain” –     For ages 14 & under, 6/1/11- 7/31/11. After your child reads 600 minutes or more, turn in your completed reading log between 7/25/11-8/7/11 to receive your $5.00 reading reward. Go to to download your form.

3. Barnes & Noble “Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination” – For grades 1st-6th, 5/24/11-9/6/11. After your child reads 8 books & logs them on their form, bring in the coupon for a free book. Go to to download the journal.

4. Pottery Barn Kids “Reading Challenge” – For ages 10 & under, 5/31/11- 8/24/11. After your child reads books from their reading list, turn in your completed reading log by 8/31/11 to receive a free book. Go to to download their list.

5. H-E-Buddy “Summer Reading Club” – After your child reads 10 books & logs them on their form, mail in the coupon by 10/1/11 for a free t-shirt. Go to for form.

6. McKinney Libraries Summer Reading Programs for all ages (Most cities will have some kind of summer reading program. If you are not in McKinney check with your local library) For information on McKinney’s go to for details.

You are going to definitely want to come back next week! I am going to go over a ton of activities/places to go with your kids this summer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, which are either FREE or at a discount. Who said you have to spend a lot of money to have quality time with your kids? If you were to ask my kids about some of their favorite memories, I bet they would share those that didn’t cost any money other than the gas to get there.

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Happy Reading…

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