Summer Reading Incentives

I had a conversation with my book group a long time ago, about kids and whether they are born to be readers or if that is something that is learned. I still do not know the answer to that one. When I was pregnant with my son, I did the whole “reading to the fetus” thing even though people looked at me strangely. When he came out to join us, the kid wanted nothing, and I mean NOTHING to do with books. The only time that I could get him to sit down for a book, was while he was taking his bath and let me tell you, a lot of his books ended up wet, pulpy, messes!

Now his lil‘ sis.. she came out and I swear she was reading, or trying to read, at the age of 3 months. She is now almost 5 and she is the one that races to the bookshelf every, single night. I did nothing different with her, yet she is the one that enjoys it the most.

I remember summer and the anticipation of the summer reading lists that the library posted every year. I remember being surrounded by Nancy Drew books as I spent the entire day at the library with my pile of “goods”. I want my son to feel that way too. So.. I decided to create a summer reading incentive. I thought about creating a list of beloved books for him to read, and then offering a reward at the end of the summer for reading. I thought it would have to be something fantastic like a trip to a theme park or a new game for his Wii or something like that. So I mentioned it to him and you know what he said? He said he wants a $15 iTunes card. Hey! I can do that!

Since the idea went over so “swimmingly”, I am now looking for three books for a 10 year old boy. I want these books to really strike a chord with him. So if you know of any that might fit the bill, let me know. Preferably, one that has not been made into a movie (I know, hard to find). Lil’ Sis said that she wants to have a “sumber reading progwam” too but she is easy.

I hope to have the list by June 13th (last day of school). I will post it here once I do.


4 thoughts on “Summer Reading Incentives”

  1. Here’s my suggestions: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians! It’s by Brandon Sanderson. Although I’ve read and LOVE some of his adult books I have not read his kids books, but they get great reviews! And for a kid who doesn’t like to read, this title may be interesting. Here’s a < HREF="" REL="nofollow">link to more info on this book<>.You may also want to try graphic novels (at least, the ones meant for kids!). That may get his attention too.Hope this helps!

  2. I’m the biggest reader in my immediate family, i’m always trying to convince my sister that reading is really fun, she’s sort of agreeing these days. my parents don’t really read for fun, BUT my grandparents do! it is really nice to be able to share the love of reading with another person!

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