Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Reading Roundup

summer books

If your kids need a little extra motivation to keep reading this summer, introduce them to the summer reading programs that Utah has to offer.  Free books, free food, and everyone is happy and reading!
summer books

Utah State Fair:  Read and Win!  

  • The program is open to children between the ages of 6-12, as of Sept 1, 2012
  • Books should between April 1 to July 27, 2012
  • Children read 10 books and fill out the printable reading record form
  • Reading is verified by a teacher, parent, guardian or librarian
  • Mail completed forms to the Fair.  Entries must be postmarked before July 27, 2012.  
  • No late entries will be accepted!  
By returning your completed form on time, you receive: 
  • Gate entry pass to the 2012 Utah State Fair, for any of the days (Sept. 6-16)
  • Ribbon bookmark from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions
  • A coupon from Lemons on the Loose for a free medium lemonade, redeemable at the Fair
  • Coupon from Thomas Carnival for one free ride, redeemable at the fair. (There are a limited amount of these coupons, so get your forms in early!)
best summer books

Download a calendar of ideas and activities to inspire reading. Along with the calendar, print off a Family Progress form to track your reading as you go.  Along with that progress card, is a coupon for free Apple Dippers from McDonalds. Once you have read 20 hours, between August 31 and September 30, mail your family progress form in and receive a certificate of completion from Governor and Mrs. Herbert, as well as a coupon for a free Happy Meal from McDonald's.  
summer reading list

Utah Kids Ready to Read has identified five important, yet fun components of early literacy: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing. UEN has created a webquest to help you easily find useful online literacy based resources, to sample activities that support the 5 early literacy components, and keep the momentum going as you and your child begin the journey toward literacy.
By participating in this webquest, we hope you will find additional ways to bring reading readiness resources to your family. In addition to using books and magazines to find out about Early Literacy, why not also use the power of the Internet? 
Utah Kids Ready to Read provides links full of activities and guides you through the webquest. Once all the activities have been completed, you will be sent a free book.  
reading clinic

Other Reading Resources: 

Books Should be Free provides free audio books, mostly classics.  All are available in mp3, iPod or iTunes format.  (I am so, so excited about this website. I just discovered it and I. AM. IN. LOVE!)

Barnes & Noble Free Online Story time: Dozens of children's audio books are available online. These are not downloads, however.  But each month, they add a new book. There is a ton of variety.  

Sesame Street Ebooks: Sesame Street provides a selection of free ebooks, with a rotating variety. So keep checking back for an updated list of books.  

Have Fun Reading!  

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