Let’s sit down with a cup of tea and a pumpkin muffin and talk books, shall we? These are seriously scrumptious to bake and freeze for future breakfasts, snacks and treats. School is coming to an end and it’s time to earn some prizes for summer reading.
Saving Dollar and Sense has some great programs to share.
There are a LOT of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash!
Book Adventure - Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Basically your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book.
There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. These are common books that can be found at your local library. Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes!
Half Price Books – They are offering kids ages 14 and under a chance to earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 each day throughout the summer!
National Amusements Theaters Bookworm Wednesdays - Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.
PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge – This challenge kicks off on June 6th and includes a FREE six week reading program and the chance for your kids to win daily prizes for their participation.
Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination - This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.
Local Public Library - Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!
Chuck E. Cheese – Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free token.
Scholastic Summer Challenge - Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!
I’ve read two great books I want to share:
Busy Mom’s Guide to Parenting Teens, by Paul C. Reisser, M.D, provided by Tyndale.
I’ve enjoyed the easy reading style of this book that I can pick and choose as my tween approaches topics like body maturity, tech support, tobacco, alcohol and drug awareness, self-concept and more. This book is a Focus on the Family Resource, which gives it greater credibility and timely tips. I like the pro-active measures it points out as well as the “what-if” it’s already happened measures.
It’s very easy to understand and reference with bold-face topics and a handy topical index in the back. I give it two thumbs up for it’s well written content and informative writing style.
Are any of you parenting tweens or teens? This could be a helpful resource.
The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue, provided by BookSneeze
Like all Nancy Rue books, this is such a cute easy read for tweens to understand their changing bodies. The book is full of cute illustrations and easy bullet points for tweens to clearly understand how God created them. It even has experiments, self-examinations, questions, activities and fill-in-the-blanks to keep girls busy over the summer. I was impressed with the the variety of topics covered from braces, nails, hair, shaving, skin care and even tatoos and how it’s correlated with God’s Word. Nancy did a wonderful job preparing girls for their upcoming changes on the inside and outside.
Are you looking for activities to bring you closer to your daughter? This could be an excellent tool bringing you both closer to God.
Have you read any great books lately or have a summer reading program to share? Please leave a comment telling us so because we’re a community of moms!