When I was little, my parents would let us earn a few free books based on our getting good school grades. I remember very well going to Walden Book with my whole family and browsing, flipping through pages, and carefully selecting the books I wanted. The books I chose are still a memory, but more importantly, I remember the exciting family date together.
We’ve started our own family book club–slightly different than back then– but the same reward. As someone completes a book, they get to put a sticker on the chart. For Caroline, it is a chapter book, for Johanna, it is a beginner book I help her through, and for me and Bobby, one of the many books we are in the middle of that we’ve finally completed.
Once we reach a shared goal together on the chart (probably four books), we earn a family trip to our local book store, The Whistlestop Book Shop, to pick out a free book. What is more exciting than reading encouraging reading? It has brought on a whole new excitement in our house.
And speaking of reading, here are a few national reading programs (besides your local library) that might be exciting for your little ones:
Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program– Read 8 books and earn a free book from their book list.
Scholastic Summer Challenge– You log in your reading minutes and can earn prizes.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Reward Calendar– Read consistently for two weeks and earn tokens.
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