One of my biggest fears for my oldest this summer is that the 12-weeks of summer vacation will undo everything he learned in first grade this past year. This past year was the year that he basically really learned to read and I’m afraid the weeks away from school will have him forgetting much of what he learned.

Enter PBSKids and iVillage’s Summer Reading Challenge.  My ears perked up for this one given my fears.  Sign up for this free program to receive six weeks of emails and daily prizes.  Best of all, the emails will include tips on getting your children to read more and giving you good book suggestions.

To kick off the summer, I hosted a local Summer Reading Challenge Party with a couple of my good friends including Julie from Just Precious and Melissa from Girlymama.

Here I am reading Diary of a Spider to the kids

We read books, played games & activities and got the kids excited about reading over the summer. Which is what it’s all about, right?  Get your kids reading too this summer!  PBS has some great tips here on their Raise a Reader website.

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Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this event.  However, I was given books to give out to the guests at the party to encourage and jump start their summer reading program.  I do feel strongly that keeping up with some sort of reading program during the summer vacation is imperative to our children’s continuing education.


  1. mom/mommom says

    What a great idea-kudos to PBS for a wonderful idea to encourage interest and excitement in reading. Looks like you had fun hosting the ‘reading’ party, Whitney!

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