1. Free Little Libraries in Your Neighborhood
But I’ve also seen parents of little kids use the library on a frequent basis, creating a routine for their reading cycle. Honestly, besides the struggles of trying to keep moisture out of the box (silicon packs help!!), there is nothing difficult or challenging about Free Little Libraries…and they have a map of registered libraries for you to find ones in your neighborhood!
2. Epic app
One of my kids is completely hooked, and needed to get the badge for “Read 5 Books Before 7am,” and by golly he did it! I also get emails telling me how many books they’ve read, and how much time they spent reading the book.
I gotta say: this is totally worth my $5.
3. Read Comic Books Online
Comic books are absolutely not for everyone…but for some, they are everything.
True comic book aficionados know the backstory of a character, side stories, alternate timeline stories and where the movie went wrong (in excruciating detail). If you cannot get your kids into the Hardy Boys series, consider the X-Men series; it’s about a bunch of people with unusual talents working together to save the world. Or Wonder Woman, whose destiny was molded by her mother and hewn by justice.
You don’t have to enjoy them, but you can let someone else enjoy them!
4. Old School Scholastic Summer Reading List
Scholastic always has the best, funnest ideas for reading. They have print outs you can use with your kids to find books at the library together, like “Judy Moody and the Bucket List,” or “The Girl Who Drank The Moon,” or The Magic TreeHouse series!
5. We Are Teachers: 10 Summer Reading Programs For Kids
Pizza Hut also has a reading program for free pizza! TD Bank has a reading program, and if your child finishes the reading, TD Bank will deposit $10 into their reading savers account! I love seeing unique ways the world is helping all of our kids be great readers!!
I remember in the 4th grade finding the shelf in the library with the Nancy Drew books. This shelf took up all of my time and a good chunk of my mother’s gas as she drove me back and forth to the library after I’d devoured yet another handful of stories and required more.
That summer was the easiest summer reading list I’ve ever had, because once I was done with that I went on to Trixie Belden…and then on to The Babysitter’s Club…and then Sweet Valley High…and then…
….school started 😦
Coming up with a summer reading list isn’t always this easy, though.
Finding the right books for picky readers might be more difficult.
I’ve made many lists of books I intended to read, but either I couldn’t find them at the library or I couldn’t find them in a bookstore, and I was left with Kindle or Amazon to finish my list…
But I’d kinda rather not have to buy every book. I’m a hardcore library type of gal.
When it comes to finding a good summer reading program, libraries always have a summer reading program for kids, so that is a good place to start.
And there are thousands of free Kindle books available on Amazon, believe it or not.
But where else could you find good summer reading for you and the kids, besides random free kindle books?