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Today’s post is written by Happiest Home contributor and resident book reviewer Devon Barta of The Paperhouse. Enjoy!

summer reading, kids, ideas

Like most libraries, ours does a fantastic job of engaging young readers. It offers a weekly story hour, broken down into age groups, and in the preschool session, the librarian reads several stories aloud, sets time aside for crafting and even provides snacks.

But whenever I tell the kids that it’s story hour at the library, their first question isn’t what story will be read. Instead, they wonder dreamily about what new snack they’ll get to try.

In an effort to put more read into summer reading, I searched Pinterest for children’s book club ideas and other ways to encourage kids to read over the summer break, and found a comprehensive and oh-so-lovely idea from fellow bibliophile Jenny from Dinner, A Love Story (I hope you’ll read her full post, then read on for how we implemented the idea in our family).

The idea is as straightforward as it is clever:

  • Assign points to books based on both the titles chosen and the child’s reading level.
  • Create point categories filled with prizes to redeem so your children have something to strive for.

That’s it. The kids – and the books, newspapers, magazines or comics they choose – do the rest. [click to continue…]

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