6 Ways to Kick Off Summer Reading for the kids and 1 for you

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Google Dogs in Pools! It's funny!

Google Dogs in Pools! It’s funny!

–summer reading time!

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We officially kick off summer with a trip to Changing Hands bookstore to stock up on summer titles. This year Brady loves Ninjago books. Easy enough.

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A stack of books can have a holiday feel, (if you don’t live in my house where stacks of books are indicative of a gentle madness.) Here are 6 ways to get your stacks started.

1. Visit a bookstore: The programs my friends buzz about are Barnes and Noble and local favorite Changing Hands. Half Price books has one too.

Dear AZ, please take note on how to present a summer reading program. Yours is unnecessarily bad.

Dear AZ, please take note on how to present a summer reading program. Yours is unnecessarily bad.

2. Check out your public library. Maricopa County and Chandler Public Library System have summer reading programs. Programs kick off this weekend, so there is plenty of time to sign up in your area.

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3. Children’s publishers: Scholastic has a fun online program if you like to click around and earn badges, interact with others and design your own avatar. The site is cluttered but not too hard to figure out. Of course, since it’s Scholastic, your child will be pitched to, so take it with a grain of salt. Sylvan Learning Center has a similar take on summer reading, called Book Adventure.

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4. Popular chains Chuck E. Cheese, Pizza Hut and Pottery Barn kids all have Summer Reading Programs with small prizes, if these are places you like to visit, by all means, sign up!

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer! Keep kids learning on-the-go with fun, educational apps from PBS KIDS: http://pbskids.org/mobile

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer! Keep kids learning on-the-go with fun, educational apps from PBS KIDS: http://pbskids.org/mobile

5. PBS! If you are a PBS family, PBS kids has a roster of summer reading promotions as well as links to many of the sites I mentioned here. Download this awesome PBS Kids reading journal.

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6. Grandma knows best, at least in our family she does. So I wandered over to grandparents.com to see what they had to say about summer reading.

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7.  I’m an equal opportunity librarian so I have something for you too. In my inbox is my free .pdf for Summer Beach Reading from The Modern Mrs. Darcy. You can sign up for yours here. It’s a little confusing, you must request her monthly blog and in the confirmation email is a link to the Summer Reading Guide.

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