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Your baby may chew on a book, or you may have a toddler who wants his favorite book read over and over, or a preschooler who "reads" the story to you from memory. These skills of early literacy develop as early as birth. Studies also show that children with books in the home have a better chance for a good start in school and greater vocabularies.
Reading also provides a much-needed downtime for young children (and mom too) during the busy summer months. Families can get caught up in busy schedules and activities, running from here to there and going on vacations and play dates. We can forget that young children need daily quiet time. Reading with your children is a great way to get this quiet time and practice early literacy skills preparing your children for a bright future. To help you get started with your summer reading, here are three free reading programs for you to join this summer with your children.
If you want to take your summer reading program one step further, you can also practice writing skills this summer by having your children write a book report using my Summer Reading Book Report free printable. This free printable is designed especially for early elementary readers, focusing on titles, authors and characters.
So how do you find a reading program in your area? Try these three sources…
1. Public Libraries
Most public libraries offer a free reading program for children. Our public library's summer reading program is organized similar to a tic-tac-toe game, where children can pick three items from a game board of nine ideas. Once children mark off three square in a row, they can return their game board to the library for a prize. All children are allowed to complete one game board per month.
Those who mark off their entire game board are entered to win an iPad!!
Find a public library near you.
2. The iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge
Sign up now and starting June 18 , you’ll get daily emails with literacy-building tips and activities from experts at PBS KIDS and Scholastic.
You’ll also get book suggestions and discounts, free downloads of PBS KIDS shows, and a daily chance to win $1,000 and other great prizes.
3. Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination
Read any 8 books and record them in the B & N Reading Journal (free download). Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store and choose a FREE BOOK from their choice on the Reading Journal list at the store.
Get kids excited to read every day with a summer reading program and introduce your children to the world of letters, sounds, and words.
Image courtesy of Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program.