I'm looking for a program to keep my children
reading during the summer months. Any online
Summer offers a great opportunity for kids to boost reading
skills, and many libraries offer summer reading programs with
reading incentives to motivate children.
Start by checking the website of your local public library. Most
cities offer reading lists, e-books and a reading club or
activities for children each summer. Then explore the following
options to find a fit for your summer readers.
Storia. Download Scholastic's Storia eReading
app from the Scholastic store and get five free e-books to start.
This program allows parents to select e-books from thousands of
titles for their child based on reading level and then track their
progress. Kids can build bookshelves of their favorite reads and
some books are enriched with vocabulary activities to boost reading
interest. Available for Windows PC, iPad and soon, Android tablets.
The Stacks. This is Scholastic's book-themed
social network. Kids can create a profile, play games and watch
video interviews all connected to books. Readers can create a
Bookprint of their favorite books and for every new one created, a
book will be donated to the Reach Out and Read program. scholastic.com/kids/stacks
Soar With Reading. PBS's favorite traveling
character, Hooper, hosts a website with tips and ideas on keeping
kids reading during summer travels. Log your child's reading
minutes, create travel postcards to send and keep track of your
child's titles this summer. For every free account created, JetBlue
will donate a book through the First Reads program. soarwithreading.com
Imagination's Destination. Barnes & Noble's
Summer Reading program offers a free book to kids who read and
record any eight books in their downloadable Reading Journal.
Parents can download a free teaching kit, with teaching tips and
activity ideas. barnesandnoble.com/summerreading
Book Adventure. This fun, free program by
Sylvan Learning Centers is geared to kids in grades K-8 to help
them find a book, take quizzes on what they've read and earn prizes
for their reading success. bookadventure.com
Goodreads. This is a great tool for families
who want to inspire each other with great reading material this
summer. Create your own group, make it private and invite cousins,
friends and relatives to read and share books together. goodreads.com
Pinterest. Create a family site dedicated to
summer reading on this fun site. Help kids snag photos of their
favorite books, reading programs or even literary characters and
pin them to their own Pinterest board. Kids can add their own
reviews and comments to share with family and friends. pinterest.com
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