Around here, we love us some Summer Reading Programs. We signed up at Schuler Books and have about exhausted the amount of books they can give us. My pal over at the The Diaper Diaries tipped me off to another program at Baker Books so we signed up there too. Then of course, there’s the library. Note that this is Grand Rapids Public Library’s program; Kent District Library also has a similar program you can read about here. We have already read our 50 books per child and turned in our forms. Each kid got a t-shirt, a certificate, free admission to Berlin Raceway on Reading Club Night in September (I checked and sadly, it is not a drag race as I had hoped), and a coupon for Pizza Hut.
Pizza Hut apparently wants your kids to read. A lot. If you had a child who was in grades K-6 during the 2007-2008 school year, you can sign up for Pizza Hut’s “Book It” program. Here is the form. Also for kids a little older (grades 1-6) is Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program. Thanks Glimpse of Sonshine!
There is still plenty of time left for all of these programs. Why not? It’s free, it’s good for your kids, and in two cases, pizza is involved. Sweet deal all around. Believe me, I know sometimes it gets old to read the same book over and over and over to young kids. I let my kids choose three new books every time we go to the library, which is usually once a week. There was a nice post on the KDL Blog about non-fiction choices for preschoolers that you can read here. These are great when you can’t take cutesy, preachy, or straight up non-sensical goofy messages in so many children’s books anymore. Or, if you are trying to put together some kind of theme week around your home. Very helpful.