Incentives, Tips

Summer reading program

Is your child collecting library stickers?

The other day, my son and I went to the library to report four books and get stickers for his poster. (The stickers are the rewards in the library’s summer reading program.)

Unfortunately, the librarian would only give my son one sticker. He said we’d have to come in each day for the rest, one at a time.

I understand why he said that, but I think it can be a deterrent to reading. If a kid knows that he’s going to have to work that hard for a sticker, he’s going to stop reading after one book. Why read more than one a day?

Today, though, a different librarian gave me a whole sheet of stickers, and my son can report the books to me at home. I’m thrilled, because he was really balking at going in to report to the librarian – and yet he wanted his reward.

I really love this summer reading program, especially now that there was a bit of flexibility to it. Every kid is different, and I’m all for tailoring reading plans to suit the child.

While I was at the library, I picked up the Walt Disney soundtrack to Alice in Wonderland (which we just finished reading) and I’m going to rent the Disney video as well.

Now we’re reading The Phantom Tollbooth. I started out reading it to him, but he’s taken over the job and is reading it to himself every night. I will try to track down the video to that, as well.

The library’s program also lets kids write out their book report, or just draw a picture about it. If you haven’t yet signed up for a summer reading program in your area, go online and see what there is. It’s not too late – and anyway, you could just turn it into a summer-slash-fall reading program.

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