The weather has warmed up and companies are starting to send out info on their summer reading programs. Our kids can develop a greater understanding of their world, retain reading skills and develop a love for learning through reading and there are many companies eager to encourage reading this summer. Here are the programs I have found so far:
1. The Scholastic Summer Challenge begins May 1st. Kids can earn prizes by logging their number of minutes read. The website says it is open to kids of all ages.
2. Bob Jones JourneyForth Summer reading program is for kids aged 4-17. This contest begins May 15th. Kids log a reading goal of 5 days/week for 8 weeks. Prizes are available for kids in three different age categories as well as a grand prize of a Kindle Fire. Bob Jones has an excellent reading list for kids in all 3 age categories with many classics included.
3. For Cub and Boy Scouts out there, the Boys Life reading contest asks boys to write a one page (500 words or fewer) summary of their favorite book of 2012. Boys can win $100 in products from the Boy Scout catalog. This contest ends December 31st. All people who enter are awarded a reading patch for their uniform.
4. The Pizza Hut Book IT! program allows students to earn a free personal pizza by reaching reading goals during the school year. Homeschoolers can participate too! Registration for the 2012-2013 school year begins May 1st. On their website, you can also track number of minutes read this summer (doesn’t look like there is a prize for this, though.)
5. In years past, Barnes and Nobles has also had reading contests. So far, I haven’t seen any info on it yet.
As I find more contests, I’ll add them as well!