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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Reading for ALL ages!

When you think of summer you think … picnics, pool days, sunscreen, bike rides, beach vacation, right? What about reading? Kids do so much reading during the school year, WHY would they want to spend their summer reading? Reading helps maintain and build skills so they are prepared when the school year starts up again. Many schools even require summer reading. Reading can be enjoyable for all, and you will even be able to make a dent in that stack of books you’ve wanted to read since holiday break.

Summer Reading Programs
Check out your local public library for summer reading program. Many community libraries offer programs for children of all ages with incentives for reading the most books.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Fostering a love of reading and its rewards, the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is popular with students in the first through sixth grades and educators throughout America.
Participation is fun and an easy way for kids to earn free books. They simply read any eight books – library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part, and bring a completed tear page to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free book from a list of paperback titles.

Our 2010 program features Scholastic's best-selling multi-media adventure series 'The 39 Clues'. Authors Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson, Patrick Carman, Linda Sue Park, and Margaret Peterson Haddix will make appearances at select stores across the country, and will also participate in a Summer Reading blog at Barnes & (, where they will post about summer reading memories and children's literacy. The free program kicks off in Barnes & Noble stores across the country May 25 and continues through September 6. Teachers, parents and children can download the Summer Reading materials for free at

Borders offers their Double Dog Dare Summer Reading Program for kids 12 and under.

Scholastic is challenging young readers to join them and help break the world record.

Summer Reading Resources

Is your school requiring summer reading? Check out these great tips on Tackling School Reading Lists

Summer Reading Lists by Grade

Top 10 Summer Reading Lists

Recommended Reading Lists by Age

For fun in the car, train, traffic! Check out Tales2Go! Tales2Go is an innovative new subscription service for anyone who want instant access to over a thousand great kids’ audio stories to stream to their smart phones (iPhone to start), to play over the car speakers, pass back to kids, or listen to anywhere, at anytime. We feature the best in kids’ audio stories from leading audio publishers and award-winning storytellers.

Happy Reading!


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