iVillage PBS Kids Summer Reading Community Challenge: Wrapping Up

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

This Summer, my kids and I have been joining in with iVillage and PBS Kids for their reading program.  We’re wrapping up the Summer Reading Community Challenge.  We’ll be celebrating with a party at our library tomorrow.

However, our Summer reading experience is far from over.  We’ll be continuing the fun, and the book love, for the rest of the summer (and beyond).

Hopefully, the rest of you will be enjoying reading with your kids, too.

Ways We’re Enjoying Books This Summer

  1. Visiting our local library on a regular basis.
  2. Setting aside time each day for reading.
  3. Writing our own stories and illustrating them.
  4. Taking the books beyond the page by using the activities and extensions from the weekly themes in Life As Mom’s  Summer Survival Guide.
  5. Setting an example for my kids by letting them see me reading.
  6. Listening to audio books during our car trips.
  7. Talking to friends and family about their favorite books.
  8. Looking for other works by some of the authors we’ve discovered this Summer.
  9. Making bookmarks of our favorite characters.
  10. My 9 year old is keeping a list of the books she has read.

Let’s Talk: I’d love to hear from you in the comments some of the books you and your kids have been enjoying and the ways you plan to keep reading together for the rest of the season.

How are you keeping the literary spark alive for your kids this Summer? Did you, or are you currently, participating in a reading program?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. I love reading, but I never participated in any reading program, sounds like a very good thing to do for me and for the kids, thanks 🙂
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  2. I would like to chime in as a grandma and a former homeschool mom. I will never regret all those inconvenient, time-consuming trips to the library years ago, whether it was during the school year or during our summer break. It is *so* worth it. Last week I went to the library with my 30-year-old daughter and her two-year-old. As soon as my granddaughter spotted the building from the car window, she shrieked “Liberry!” with great joy. It made my day. The book bug has been passed down to another generation.

  3. We’ve been having fun reading books that connect to experiences we’re having…like reading Blueberries for Sal and going blueberry picking: http://www.morethanmundane.com/2011/06/29/blueberry-picking-and-blueberries-for-sal/
    And I’ve also been doing some Five in a Row, which I really like!
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  4. Reading aloud to your kids might be the best thing for them, for a general love of learning.
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  5. Hi Kara.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights. Kids these days… they all get hooked up on the internet. But the real treasure is on the books that contain knowledge that can help them live an educated and privileged life. I hope that all kids of the world will know the value of reading. I want to hear more from you. More power.
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  6. Este desafio nos ha encantado!! Hemos estado haciendo varias cosas (aunque algunos retos se me escapan pues mi hijo es muy pequeño) pero nos ha encantado.
    Hemos leido muchos libros de readinga-z, de schoolastic, asi como otros de la biblioteca, hemos hecho actividades en el jardin, en el cine… y aun me queda mucho por hacer de este desafio.
    Mil gracias por compartirlo.
    Saludos cordiales
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  7. We are doing our summer reading program as well– with all three kids including our baby. My daughter is 9 now and we have been enjoying reading some of the same books, which has been so much fun for me. I love discussing my old favorites with her– we’ve done some of that in the past, but more lately. I do a lot of reading aloud with my 6 year old (we take turns with paragraphs) and both kids read to the baby. After dinner we are reading The Hobbit together.
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