Chicago children have a variety of 2011 summer reading programs for kids from which to choose this June, July, and August. Boys and girls can check out lists of recommended books for different age groups and keep track of their reading choices and how long they spend reading to earn free books and win prizes.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination
Children participating in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program can read 8 books (recording each in their Imagination’s Destination Journal along with a note about why they would recommend this book to other readers) and turn their completed journals in to their local Barnes & Noble store by September 6, 2011 so they can choose a free book for themselves from the list included on the back of the journal. Parents can also download an Activity Kit with suggestions for ways to deepen children’s experience of reading books this summer, and the submission of a completed journal enters the family in a competition to win a free NOOK Color.
Borders Double Dog Dare Challenge!
From June 1 to September 5, 2011, boys and girls ages 12 and under can read 10 books to receive one free book as part of the Borders Double Dog Dare Challenge! The list from which children can select their free book includes books about favorite characters such as the Cat in the Hat and Amelia Bedelia, as well as classic stories like The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster.
On Saturday, June 4, Borders stores will kick off their Summer Reading Program at 2:00 p.m. with an event for kids ages 8 to 12 that celebrates both summer reading and all things Judy Moody, tied into the June 10 release of the movie Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Activities will include a trivia challenge and literacy games.
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
From June 1 to July 31, 2011, boys and girls ages 14 and under can participate in the Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program. Participants should try to read for at least 15 minutes a day and, if they read 600 minutes or more, turn in their completed reading logs between July 25 and August 7 to receive a $5 Back-to-School Bucks reward. One top reader in each of several age groups will receive a $20 HPB gift card.
To kick off this program to encourage kids to read this summer, stores will hold the Biggest Storytime of the Summer on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m.
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iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge
Chicago fans of PBS KIDS shows like Super WHY and Curious George can sign up to participate in the iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge, a 6-week program beginning on June 6. Parents will receive daily emails with suggestions for activities for making reading engaging for children, book suggestions for kids, and the opportunity for boys and girls to win prizes each day.
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
From June 7 to August 16, boys and girls can participate in the Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge. By reading all of the books off of either an Early Reader or a Story Book list, children qualify to receive a special prize. Children can also attend Story Time sessions at PBK stores each Tuesday.
Scholastic Summer Challenge
Children can sign up for the Scholastic Summer Challenge and keep track of the minutes they spend reading during summer 2011 to try weekly challenges, enter a sweepstakes, and have a chance to win digital prizes. All participants are encouraged to work together to Read for the World Record. Parents, in turn, can access resources like summer reading book lists for kids of various ages and with different interests.
Camp Magic Pens at Magic Tree Bookstore
For a different kind of summer literacy experience, young Chicago writers in Grades 3 to 5 can register to take part in Camp Magic Pens, a summer writing camp led by children’s author and educator Patricia J. Murphy at The Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park, IL. Sessions will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 21 to July 12. Interested children must sign up and pay a $120 fee by Friday, June 10.
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