Create Your Own D.I.Y. Summer Reading Program

by On July 25, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading


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Many libraries offer summer reading programs that feature a variety of fun themes and are designed to help foster summer learning and the discovery of new interests and flights of imagination through reading. Why not create your own program, tailored to your child’s reading level and interests? With Bookboard, it’s easy!

In addition to fun themed suggestions, many summer reading programs offer children opportunities to chart their progress. One of my favorite summer reading programs as a kid had a sky theme and marked our reading progress with paper kites bearing our names that were hung around the library. With each book read, another length of yarn was added to our kite strings. Of course I worked toward having a really long string by the end of the summer.

Bookboard builds in both the theme and the progress aspects of the best reading programs. Reading suggestions are sometimes grouped around a theme, such as 12 Books for Summer Reading (above) or Books About Outer Space (below). Children can also choose their next books based on personalized suggestions. Progress is clearly marked in a playful way that encourages achievement and healthy competition with oneself.

If you’ve already signed up for a summer reading program, perhaps you can incorporate Bookboard’s books. If you haven’t signed up for a reading program, or if you wish to continue your own throughout the year, Bookboard is the perfect companion.

Enjoy your summer reading and the adventures you discover!

Here are some graphics from past and present summer reading programs around the U.S. to further inspire you.

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Suz Lipman is Bookboard's Head Mom. She has been an enthusiastic reader since early childhood. Suz is the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which grew out of her blog, Slow Family Online . She writes for the New York Times ‎Motherlode blog and the Christian Science Monitor's Modern Parenthood blog and is an outspoken advocate for children's literature and literacy as part of a rich and well-rounded childhood.

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