Now that kids are out of school for the summer, parents everywhere (including me!) are looking for ways to combat the “summer slide” and keep kids and teens thinking over the break.
Note: No compensation was received for this post. I chose to post about it because it's a great program to encourage and support kids (and families) reading. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
To keep my son's mind active and learning, I'm joining The New York Public Library Summer Reading Challenge. For my son and myself. My son isn't the only one who needs to avoid getting a bit lazy brained over the summer.
The NYPL annual Summer Reading Challenge - 2016 themed “Get in the Game: Read” - program for kids, challengs them (and their parents) to read for 20 minutes a day until school starts again. This not only keeps their minds sharp and stops "summer slide" (the phenomenon of kids forgetting what they learned in school while off for the summer) but is truly fun and can spark a lifelong love of reading.
If you read my post about "Supporting My Son's Summer Reading" at New York Public Library, then you know how I feel about making reading part of your life.
The NYPL has several partners issuing the challenge along with them, including Sesame Street, HBO, HSBC, and the New York Yankees - Sesame Street and HBO have made this PSA featuring the one and only Abby from Sesame Street promoting this initiative.
While anyone can take on this challenge, kids and teens from the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island are encouraged to visit their local New York Public Library branches to formally participate in Summer Reading.
Participants receive a calendar so they can mark their 20 minutes, and receive prizes such as flash drives, head phones, bags, pencils, and wallets for reading 20 minutes a day, attending library programs, or checking out books.
Branches will host a series of programs for kids and teens throughout the summer. Those who complete the challenge will be able to attend their branch Summer Reading celebrations in August, and are eligible to enter a book review writing contest open through August 1.
Winners of that contest will participate in a pre-game on-field ceremony at Yankee Stadium on August 17.
Kids and teens can enter the book review contest at the Library’s Summer Reading site at www.nypl.org/summerreading
The Library’s Summer Reading site also offers lists of recommended books for various age groups, reading tips, lists of reading-related events in branches, and more.
Hope you take the NYPL Summer Reading Challenge and read along with me and my son!