One of my proudest moments this year was when my two boys came home from school and asked if they could join the summer reading club at the Los Angeles Public Library. They received a reading log, checked out books, and started writing stories.
To keep the momentum going and encourage their love of reading, we kicked off our summer by having an iVillage and PBS KIDS summer reading party on the first day of summer break last week. My boys invited their friends over and they filled out these forms to kick off the Summer Reading Community Challenge.
PBS KIDS and iVillage provided us with books, reading logs, and coloring sheets. My younger son loved the blank notebook to write and draw.
The Summer Reading Challenge runs from now until July 27. Kids can sign up online to get daily email (or you can) that includes reading challenges, activity assignments, and literacy building resources. PBS will also feature special kids’ programming during the month. Here’s the schedule -
- CURIOUS GEORGE, “Monkey Business Week” – Starting June 25 *Includes one NEW episode*
- SUPER WHY!, “Royal Reading Week” – Starting July 2
- THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, “Prankster Planet” – Starting July 9
- DINOSAUR TRAIN, “Gone Fishing Week” – Starting July 16
- MARTHA SPEAKS, “Dog Daze Week” – Starting July 23 *Includes one NEW episode*
- THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, “Creepy Crawley Week” – Starting July 30
- SID THE SCIENCE KID, “Get Up and Move Week” – Starting August 6
The Challenge also has these helpful tips to get kids reading.
- Tip #1: Integrate reading adventures into your daily routine.
- Tip #2: Explore your local library.
- Tip #3: Bring learning tools with you on the road.
- Tip #4: Find educational activities you and your child can do together indoors and outdoors.
- Tip #5: Look for books and programs that feature your child’s favorite characters.
One plan I have (we’ll see how it goes) to encourage more challenging reading is to read a book to my boys every day when they get home from camp. The camp schedule made me exhausted just reading it so I can imagine the state they’ll be in when they get home. I’m going to read a chapter or two from “The Mysterious Benedict Society.” I’m hoping we finish it by the end of the summer.
Our summer reading party last week wasn’t just about reading books. At the end of the party it was science experiment time.
This was not a sponsored post, but Yvonne Condes and Sarah Auerswald are part of the PBS KIDS VIP program.
Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles.