Each summer we sign up for the summer reading program at our local library. Our family has participated for more than a decade. There are nice prizes and our libraries are the absolute best - high tech and high energy. I still like to spice it up and offer even more incentives.
$100 for 100 books
Summer Reading Bingo
The Read the World Summer Book Club
Reading around the world is something we already do. Joining a club of readers doing the same thing sounds like fun. So we are joining the Read the World Summer Book Club with Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool. Each week the club reading will focus on Africa, Asia, Europe and other parts of the world. Membership includes free downloadable activity suggestions and a link up party at the end. I've also added a fun incentive. We will choose a place to have dinner as a family that features the cuisine from one of the places we visit in our readings.
Teen Summer Reading Incentives
KingMan has lots of reading to do this summer that is not related to summer reading. He is studying for his learner's permit, studying for his life guard certification and participating in a summer academic enrichment program. Still, I want him to do some summer reading too. So I did a quick Google search on the "top" and "must read" list for teens and African American teens. What an exhausting and frustrating search! Slideshows are particularly annoying because you have to click through each one. A nice list of books with links and descriptions, maybe grouped by categories such as leadership, coming of age, adventure, would have been nice! So I searched the 50 Books Every Black Teen Should Read, the 15 Books That Should Be On Every Teen's Radar, and a host of other lists. There were two titles that caught my interest: Between the World and Me and The Outliers. I have also created a Pinterest page for this book list. Please add your suggestions to my board. Incentives for teens are quite easy ... a fresh pair of sneakers, an iTunes card, PlayStation currency or a gift card to his favorite store.
Set A Good Example
This year our local library has a summer reading program for adults. I read widely and all the time, mostly for information. I don't read as much for pleasure. The last book I read for pleasure was No Woman No Cry-My Life With Bob Marley, by Rita Marley. I love biographies. So my first summer reading choice is the biography of Grace Jones!
Get creative with your rewards which can range from a trip to a favorite place, a night out at the movies, or a visit to a water parks. Enjoy your summer reading!