2013 Summer Reading Contests

Summertime is fast approaching, which means summer reading contests are about to begin!

Summer reading is a vital part of our kids’ education. Studies have shown that kids who do not read throughout the summer regress academically by the time they return to school in the fall. Then they spend the first couple of months playing catch up.

In the Stahlmann house, we try to participate in every summer reading contest we can find. Some require you to clock time spent reading. Others ask you to log books completed. Some even require you to read specific books on their list.

To keep it organized, I use a 1/2″ binder with divider tabs for each of my children. Behind each child’s tab, I keep a master list of the contests they’re working on, reading logs, and login details for online trackers.

Here are some helpful links to plan your summer reading program:

Scholastic — All Ages

http://www.scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2013

Barnes & Noble — Grades 1 – 6

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570/

New York Times — Ages 13 – 19

June 14 – Aug. 16

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/the-fourth-annual-new-york-times-summer-reading-contest/

Sylvan Learning — All Ages

http://www.bookadventure.com/registration.aspx

And don’t forget to check your local library and mom & pop bookstores.

Drop us a line if you know of others we missed!

Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.