Does your child need incentive to pick up a book? If so, the various public libraries offer stickers, charts, bookmarks, and some cool kid-sized prizes for reading and stopping by the library. These FREE summer reading programs are a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer to prevent the dreaded Summer Slide (pictured below, yikes).
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Berkeley Public Library Summer Reading Games: Everyone who signs up can take home – and keep – a new book to get their summer reading started. Participants pick up or download a game card, and get reading. Listening to audiobooks and visits to the library can also fill in squares. Once your kids complete the challenge card, they can choose a prize and add their names to the wall of fame. Sign-up books and incentive prizes are limited to one per person, while supplies last.
Berkeley games begin June 14, 2019. Read more about the summer reading games here.
Oakland Summer Reading Challenge includes online activities and stickers for days of reading. Kids who read for 20 days earn a free book or other prize. Summer readers are entered into a raffle for even more goodies (like an iPad!!). Earn more raffle entries for each reading log you complete.
Summer Reading Game for 2019 start June 1 and runs to August 3. Find out more about the Oakland summer reading program here.
El Cerrito Summer Reading Festival (and other Contra Costa County libraries) offers a program for all ages. Track your story time along with other summertime activities, and earn cool prizes for turning in your reading log.
The Contra Costa County 2019 reading festival runs from June 8 to August 8. Learn more about the summer reading festival here.
San Leandro Public Library offers its reading games for babies through age 12 as “On your mark. Get set. Read.” Kids can participate to earn prizes from books to pizza and more.
San Leandro's reading challenge runs from June 1 to August 2, 2019. read more about San Leandro's summer reading program here.
My sons have really enjoyed the reading games in years past.
Have your kids played any of these games in summers past? Do other towns offer similar incentive plans?
[Summer slide infographic from Berkeley Public Library]