Kids that have regular exposure to reading and books over the summer will benefit academically when they return the next year.
Now that we know it is important to keep our kids reading how can we do this in a fun way? Luckily there are many local partners and organizations that can help parents with this endeavor.
Maricopa County Library Summer Reading Program
Visit any Valley location and pick up B&N’s “Summer Reading Program” journal and earn a free book from a set collection geared toward readers from kindergarten through middle school. You need to read eight books to earn your free book from Barnes and Noble. Bring your completed journal to Barnes & Noble by September 5 and you get to choose your FREE book featured on the back of the journal.
Visit barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading/_/N-rs9 for details.
Shops at Norterra
The Shops at Norterra is motivating kids to read all summer long by offering READING REWARDS from their shops and restaurants.
The Shops at Norterra’s summer reading program is open to children ages 6-12 (entering 1st through 6th grade in the fall of 2017). Through July 31, kids can track the number of minutes they read independently each day on the provided reading log. Kids can then turn in their reading logs at the Norterra Management Office and receive a prize after reaching each Reading Rewards Level. There are four reward levels, and the number of minutes of reading needed to reach each level depends on the child’s grade. Prizes include a free Fractured Prune Doughnut or Jamba Juice, an emoji keychain from Nathalie & Co., and a free sweet treat from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Yogurtini. The final reward is a free skating session for the child and a parent at CHILL STUDIO SK8 indoor ice skating experience, open at The Shops at Norterra for a limited time this summer.
More information about The Shops at Norterra’s Summer Reading Rewards program is available on their website at NorterraShopping.com.
Arizona Diamondbacks Reading Club
Even your your hometown professional baseball team encourages kids 14 and under to read their way to Chase Field this summer by reading 20 minutes a day, and at least 500 total minutes, to earn one complimentary ticket to a regular season baseball game (Monday-Friday) as part of the team’s 500 Club Reading Program, conducted in partnership with the University of Phoenix.
Additional tickets for friends and family also will be available at a discounted rate. To redeem, one adult discounted ticket must be purchased for each complimentary ticket. Complete reading and redeem tickets by September 27, 2017.
Register and download a reading log at http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/downloads/y2017/reading_log.pdf