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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.


Summer Reading

The smell of the ocean..the feel of sand between your toes.. a good book…or two..or three… Summer is on its way and many of the online book sellers are posting their recommended summer reading lists. Click here for Amazon’s Summer Reading Preview.

I usually make a long list to tackle each summer but I rarely have time to read while on vacation. Our family vacations are usually “see and do” type vacations so we are always out and about checking out the local scenery. I’m sure that won’t prevent me from coming up with a list anyway.

Have a good weekend. It will be a warm one for me as the thermometer has started its climb.