Summer Reading Program & Challenge

I remember distinctly the days of library visits in the summertime.  We would enjoy a little program put on by the librarians.  We would get hyped up.  Then, we would register for the summer reading program or challenge.

Swimming + Ice Cream + Reading = Delicious Summer

Reading throughout the summer is one of the joys of life!  Sharing that joy with your children makes it even sweeter.  So much progress is made in their reading development when there are only the distractions of swimming and ice cream.  It makes a great combination.

The Story Behind Our Challenge

summer reading and moving

Enjoy reading no matter where you are this summer

One day a couple of years ago, when we were moving (yet again!), I realized my kids would be missing out on the library’s summer reading program.  They could sign up for it at the current library but would not be able to complete it!  Similarly, when we moved to our new location, their library’s program would already be complete.

My solution? Construct my own summer reading program!  [If you’re ready, go ahead and register here: ]

Tracking Sheets + Pledges + Reading = Prizes

I am so excited to launch this program again this summer.  It is a HIT with my kids, and has been for several others as well (I do not have a count but I should have kept track, I know!).

Just like in reading programs you know and love, your kids will sign up and receive all the information they need to succeed!  You can sign up even if your kids can’t read yet: your reading aloud counts.  You can stage your own read aloud revival this summer!

Will you join us?

Step One: Register

Simply fill out the requisite information on this sheet! Don’t worry, it will open in a new window, so you can just hop on back! Register here:

Step Two: Join a Community

You’ll want to join our summer reading community so that you can experience the prizes and surprises along the way!  You’ll NEVER guess what the prizes are – oh wait, okay – BOOKS! 🙂  You’ll see the community links on the registration sheet – both instagram and Facebook communities are offered, so it’s up to you. Register here:

Step Three:

Start reading!  You can even start a “books we want to read” chart.

Keep track of minutes read, or minutes read aloud with our handy dandy tracker!  You know by the tracker on the right or bottom of your screen, I’m ALL ABOUT handy dandy trackers.  They make my kids so excited to get to color in shapes and track their progresss – even my 11 year old!

Step Four:

Collect pledges – these will translate into books and prizes!

Make sure the friends and family in your child’s life know he or she is reading for the summer reading challenge.  Your child collects pledges as they tell (or you tell) others the goal to read for 6 weeks.  Here’s a quick chart to show all they can earn.  You’ll also get this in your registration packet!

summer reading program and challenge rewards

The top numbers in the chart show the number of minutes read, and the bottom numbers equal amount in pledges.  Do you see all the prizes!? Like I said, BOOKS and GIFTS!! SO FUN! And tons of encouragement and freebies along the way (not featured here, but I assure you we have a blast in our community).

Ready to go for it? Register here:

Step Five:

Complete the challenge.  Snap a photo of the reading chart or charts, and then I’ll help you convert the pledges to the books and prizes.  Isn’t that awesome?!

I have to say, I never got a chance to earn free books OF MY CHOICE at the summer reading programs I did!!!

Scroll a little after this picture to see what ELSE I offer – yep, there’s a cherry on top!


WE ARE MAKING READING FUN AGAIN!  That’s my driving force.

Optional Step

I have an amazing referral program.  Share this blog post or, after you register for the program, refer a friend to the program itself.  Both of you will experience an extra freebie after registration!  I appreciate you for reading this far 🙂

After all, I’m all about reading!! And you are, too, I bet!

I’d love to see you hop on board!  Register here:



6 Tips for Traveling with Kids

It’s time to schedule a break.  You’ve booked your hotel, your cruise, your campground, or your AirBnB.  You’ve booked your planes, trains, or get the car maintenance completed in time to get away for a while.

Yahoo!  It’s TRAVEL TIME!  But wait – I have kids…

I’ve spent nearly my entire childhood and adulthood traveling (for pleasure and for “work”), so I can share some tips honestly.  Take it from me: you will enjoy your trip even more if you “book” your travel there and back as well!  That is, ensure you have books and activities to entertain or challenge your kids along the way.
kids in car arriving at summer vacation
Having a plan for your children’s travel experience can give you an extra source of peace so that you can fully enjoy every moment en route – not just the destination.

Here are six tips to help make your travel part of the vacation FUN.

Tip #1 – Stock!

Stock up on age-appropriate travel pads and games.  This can be through a combo of your local library and special sites brimming with kids’ books (see kids’ travel books here).

Tip #2 – Drip!

Make sure you “drip” them to your kids.  Don’t give them all at once; make sure you can swap out activities as you go.  This keeps things fresh for them, too!

Tip #3 – Fill!

Give them an empty backpack at the beginning.  Let them know that once they are “done” with a particular activity, they can put it in there.  It will be fun for them to see that progress!

Tip #4 –  Listen!

Pack at least one book on CD or download one from Audible.  This will ensure you all “read” at least one story together, making the trip even more memorable (I recommend “Paddington Bear” for ALL ages!).

Tip #5 – Connect!

Pack some extra special activities for restaurants, or encourage the use of restaurant coloring pages.  These are times for your kids to connect with you and with their siblings – make sure you REAP that time with them!

Tip #6 – Color!

Use printables to keep track of their activities if they are motivated by charts!  Assign a minute or book value to each picture – have your child color in the picture as they move forward in those minutes or books.
Here’s a special travel one my daughter and I made just for you! Simply click here for the PDF printable: Reading is Traveling
Reading is Traveling

BONUS tip!

Click on this video to peek inside some new travel books.
They can be purchased here.  travel books for kids

The books reviewed above can be purchased here.

Way to go, fellow parent!  You are six steps further along in enjoying every stop of your well-deserved vacation!

If this was helpful to you, I’d love for you to spread the word!  Post and share freely – I love helping others parents out!

Fall Ideas

Are you excited it’s FALL!?!?
In the spirit of the season, here’s a downloadable reading log for your use.  It is also located on the “Reading Resources” tab.
You can have your kiddo cut out a leaf each time they read and toss it in the air! Or, they can color it in the color they like.
What are some traditions you have for fall? usborne (3)