Monday, June 6, 2016

2016 Summer Reading Challenge

This summer reading challenge was designed specifically for my older boy, but can be adapted easily for any specific kid. I liked the structure of a challenge checklist because I find that library visits without an agenda usually result in the selection of cartoon-character novelizations, etc. (Cartoon novelizations are terrific in many ways and have their place, but the book world is vast and deep, and I want to make sure my kid is at least being encouraged to explore new genres.)

How to modify this list for your own kid? Check your kid's bookshelves for titles that have been purchased but forgotten, ask your parent friends what their kids are reading, and see what the local library showcases. Select challenges that match what you have on hand or want to introduce and hopefully the lure of the prize will nudge your kids toward those titles while still giving them a sense of autonomy and control.

I also left the prize open-ended so that families can adapt as needed.

Happy summer reading, everyone!