Sacramento homeschoolers can take advantage of several national summer reading programs.
- The H.E.Buddy Summer Reading Club requires children to read 10 books over the summer to earn a free t-shirt. Children log their books and have their parents initial after each one. Forms must be postmarked by October 1, 2011. http://www.hebuddy.com/content/pdf/readingclub.pdf
- Scholastic has an online summer reading program where children can log the minutes they read each day. Children can enter sweepstakes throughout the summer. Children can also reach the weekly reading goal to win digital prizes. Children who participate in Scholastic’s summer reading program will also be helping to set a new world record for summer reading. http://www.scholastic.com/summer/
- PBS Kids and iVillage have teamed up for a Summer Reading Community Challenge. The challenge began June 6th and is a 6-week program designed to encourage children to read. Children receive a daily email with activities included to help build reading skills. Book suggestions are available for kids of all ages. Children also have a chance to win daily prizes. http://challenges.ivillage.com/kids-summer-reading
- Pottery Barn Kids is offering a Summer Reading Challenge through August 19th. When children completed one of the store’s recommended reading lists, children receive a free book. Children can read independently at home or attend the store’s weekly Story Times. Story Time is held every Tuesday from 11:00 am to 11:30 am. After attending five Story Times, children receive a gift. For more information about Story Times, parents can call Pottery Barn Kids at Arden Fair Mall at 916-923-1210. Pottery Barn Kids is located next to Sephora on the lower level. Pottery Barn Kids is also located at the Galleria at Roseville. Their number is 916-783-2454. http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html#book-club
- Borders is offering a summer reading program for children 12 and under. Children can read 10 books, log those books on the Double-Dog Dare form, and take the completed form to any Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks by September 5th. http://www.borders.com/online/store/MediaView_double-dog-dare?gclid=CPrYit-dpKkCFecbQgodyF7Ruw
- Barnes and Noble’s summer reading program requires children to read 8 books and record them in the Recording Journal. Children return their completed journal to their local Barnes and Noble store, where they can choose a free book from the store’s list. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading/index.asp
If you have a homeschool friendly event or story for the Sacramento area please email Jennifer Eklund and Eklundj9@aol.com.