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For the love of reading May 21, 2012

Filed under: Interests,Parenthood,Saving Money — clappingonthedownbeat @ 10:06 PM

I have mentioned before about my book club and some of the wonderful books we have read.  Part of what I love about book club is that we rotate picking books.  I have read many books this past year that I would not have chosen for myself, but have enjoyed.  I also love sharing the excitement of reading a book, the mental pictures we created, how we wanted things to turn out or how we were surprised, and sharing other titles of books we have read to add to our “reading list”.

I either have a stack of “to be read” books in a pile by my bed, or a wish list of books to read.  I  either see what people around me are reading, or ask what they would recommend.

Two of the last books we have read for book club have dealt with women learning, often secretly, to read.  In Snowflower and the Secret Fan, they learn Nu Shu, a secret women’s only chinese language.  In Honolulu, the main character Jin, secretly desires to be educated and learn to read.  When she is secretly taught hangul, the Korean alphabet, her life takes a major turn.  Reading is so important not just for enjoyment, but for understanding and communication.

I have two young readers and I want to make sure to continue to cultivate their reading over the summer.  I have started book series that I read to them ( Harry Potter, Gregor the Overlander, Captain Underpants) and we have also found books that they enjoy to read on their own.

Here are some great summer reading programs to check out.  There are adult book clubs at libraries, or you can start your own.  Take an adventure this summer!


Check out your local library for summer programs and book lists.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

You can earn FREE Books at your local Barnes & Noble Store, just start by Downloading the Reading Journal online, have your child read 8 Books and record them on the Journal. When you complete 8 books you can Turn in your list at a Local Barnes & Noble store for a FREE book!


The Half Price Books Summer Reading Program is back!

Your kiddos {age 14 and under} can each earn a FREE $5.00 Gift Card!

Chuck E Cheese

Go two weeks, reading every day, then complete and redeem this certificate to get 10 FREE tokens. No more than one of any free token offer can be used per child, per day. Only at participating locations. Pizza purchase is required. Offer Expires 12/31/12.


Pizza Hut Book It!

June 15 – August 15, 2010

During the school year, Pizza Hut Book It! has a program where kids can earn prizes, including free pizza, for their reading (click HERE for details).

Continue reading throughout the summer and you’ll have a chance to win a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” summer fun prize package!  Visit the link above for Parent Printables, reading activities, games, and information on their Summer Reading Challenge Sweepstakes.

Sylvan Book Adventure

Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your reading adventure HERE orexplore the site.

There are some really cool prizes!

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Got a reluctant reader at home? Motivate your kids with Scholastic’s great book recommendations, foster a love of reading during the summer months, and keep your child’s skills sharp all year long with the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free reading program.  Kids read, log in their minutes, and win prizes!  Sign up today.


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