Monday, July 14, 2008

Home Spun comic strip #245

Home Spun comic strip #245

Our libraries offer a summer reading game every year. Each library does it differently, but all offer prizes based on how many books the children read over the summer. The intention is to get children reading more. The thing is, most of these programs top out at 50 books. If your child read The Hobbit in a week when she was eight years old, this isn't particularly challenging. It was useful for my more reluctant reader, Chase, who was all about the prizes and read for the pleasure of getting something. I signed up Sierra for the reading game this year hoping to inspire her to learn to read. We'll have to see how that goes.

Now if I could just find a summer writing game, I would be set.


Beckie said...

We LOVE the summer reading program here too! And this year, sister (5) gets credit for reading to brother (2), and brother gets credit for listening ;) And mama gets to read "The Other Boleyn Girl" purely for her own pleasure, LOL!!

max said...


I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 and up, that kids hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at
Ranked by Accelerated Reader

Max Elliot Anderson

Read about my message to kids in a bottle:

Anonymous said...

Good luck! :)


Anonymous said...

We always forget to fill those things out and get the prizes. *LOL*

Anonymous said...

Guess Summer Reading is on everyone's minds -- today's Unshelved comic was on a similar theme to yours:

Our library's program is hours-based, rather than number-of-books based, but we still have some kids who top out in the triple digits.


Inner Elder said...

I call Marina "Easy Reader" and am amazed at her speed and powers of concentration. I can hold a conversation with her on practically any subject. Way to go!

Suggestion for writing project: have Chase interview his grandfather about what he did as a community organizer, social worker, and educator in the 60's, 70's and 80's. It will be interesting, I guarantee and should motivate Chase's writing genes.

Love, Grandma

Anna said...

Our reading program is by the hour, so that works out well. Or, maybe at five years old, they enrolled her in the 'pre-reader' program!
Anyway, like Steph, we never remember to fill out the papers.

jugglingpaynes said...

steph, foggi and anna:
That is interesting that your programs log hours. That would work better for my younger two. One of our libraries does give extra credit for books that are more challenging, based on the child's age. I've never heard of one being hours based though. Do they at least ask about what the children are reading?

Anonymous said...

one of our local libraries has a program that is 15 books or 15 hours in order to get the prize (and then the kids can start over again, though I don't know how many times they can do it). We found this really funney, because very few kids read books they can get through in an hour, so by time and by book are completely different amounts of reading.


Anna said...

Oh, yeah, make me find the log!
No, it doesn't ask for the kids. It does on the teen and adult logs, though.

TheMFamily said...

We did it last year. I didn't have a reluctant reader, just a prize loving 3 year old. lol This year she is so content to just read a million books at a time that it doesn't matter much to her. Picture books, chapter books as long as there are books. I don't know what I will do when I get a reluctant reader, library programs are a good idea.

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