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: Participants download or pick up a reading log, read on their own, and collect a prize when the log has been completed. A variety of prizes are available. In years past, rewards included bowling at Albany Bowl, a paperback book, and a scoop of Fenton's finest ice cream.
Berkeley games begin June 17, 2016. Read more about the summer reading games here.
Oakland Summer Reading Challenge includes online activities and stickers for days of reading. In previous years, readers could earn prizes at 10 days; at 20 days, kids could choose a free book and prize packet, and be 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 2016 start June 11. 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. Kids age 2 through 5th grade can participate and earn prizes using an online or paper-based reading log. Our contributor, Cara, reports her daughter Brooklyn participated from age three and has gotten all sorts of museum passes, an inflatable globe or plane, and a book when she has completed hers.
The STEAM-themed 2016 reading festival runs from June 1 to July 30. 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 11 to August 12, 2016. 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]