Easy Outdoor Book Nook – Summer Reading Activity

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Freshen up your summer reading with this fun and easy outdoor book nook. When Scholastic sent us a super fun summer reading party pack and asked us to share with our readers how we would add some extra fun to summer reading, we decided to have a little reading under the stars party in our yard. The kids tried to convince me to let them stay up until it was really dark out but around here it’s not dark until way WAY past their bedtime. Being the stickler for bedtimes that I am we came up with a fun solution so that we could still read under the stars.

Gather your materials. You will need some sheets or table cloths ( we used one of each) some glow in the dark stickers, fun props like flashlights, headlamps, camp blankets, and of course a basket of books. I also have some reading logs, a clip board, and pencils.summer reading under the stars

You can find a whole bunch of printables and other summer reading materials on Scholastic’s Summer Reading page. If you want to have a summer reading party they even have a digital invitation- check it out.

Start by tying the sheets to some trees. Here’s the thing. In my head I thought this would look like some magical reading tent but the reality is that I do not have a degree in design or architecture and I just tied the sheets where I could. Does it look at cute as I hoped? Nope. Did my kids care? Nope.

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Perfect isn’t perfect. Just have fun the important part is the reading not the structure. You are just offering your children some novelty to kick some new energy into their reading goals.

I used some rocks to hold the bottoms down.

Then my daughter went to town adding the star stickers. Even in the daylight you can read under the stars this way!summer reading outside summer reading challenge

Read. Flashlights might seem silly in the bright sunlight to adults but both my kids were totally into using them for this. They jumped right into pretend play but the rad thing is that even though they were pretending to be camping out on Mt. Rainer at night the reading they were doing was real.reading under the stars summer reading

 

Books to Read Under The Stars!

 

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Check out these great books ( link here or click the image above ) that are perfect to read with headlamps and flashlights! This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading Under The Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY® to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer.  If you don’t have the time to make a ( not as pretty as you hoped) outdoor book nook grab a flashlight or two and  read some of these great books under the blankets.  Making reading fun doesn’t have to be complicated.

 

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As stated above this post is sponsored by Scholastic.

 

Summer Reading Challenge Update!

summer reading This summer has proved to be my busiest yet but I wanted to pop in and update everyone about our Summer Reading Challenge. As you can see we have read over 7500 books so far which is awesome but not awesome enough if we want to reach our 30,000 book goal.  So you have to help by reading with your kids!

How it works 

1. Read. You can read to your kids or if your kids can read they can read to you or independently. It all counts!

2. Come here and fill in how many books or chapters you have read per family. Just enter the number no need to write out titles. You may enter no more than once per day or you can use our tally sheet printable and track your books read and enter less frequently. We count complete chapters as equal to one picture book because we want to celebrate all readers and know that chapter books can take a long time to complete.

3. Every time you enter your books and /or chapters you will be automatically entered into our Summer Reading Challenge Sweepstakes.

What You Can Win

1. Monthly Book Prize Packs !  On June 15th, July 15th and August 15th I will draw an entry and that person will win a prize pack to say thanks for participating. The books will be chosen based on age of the children in the winning family. Each will contain 4- 6 books handpicked by me based on your child’s age and reading level. The prize packs are worth approximately $20 each.

 

2. Grand Prize  $50 Amazon.com Gift Card to buy books, craft supplies or a pair of cute boots for the fall ! I will draw one winner from all the entries on September 1st 2013 using random.org

 

The real prize is reading with your children!

 

summer reading entry form

 

FAQ:

 

Q: If I have more than one child do I enter the number of books we read as a family or do separate entries for each child?

A: Please enter as a family. So if you have 2 kids that read 4 books each enter 8 books for that day.

 

Q: Can I do this if I am doing other Summer Reading Challenges?

A: Absolutely! I highly encourage you to participate in ones at your local library and Scholastic’s Summer Challenge too!

 

Q: If I forget to enter my books for one day can I add them the next?

A: You can add your book tally as often as once per day or as infrequently as you like. Some people add them in big chunks others a little at a time. All we ask is that you do not add them more than once per day.

 

Q: If my child reads the same book 10 times in one day do I count it as one  or ten?

A: TEN! We know that kids love to re read their favorites and this is all about enjoying reading so if they enjoy the same book ten times more power to them! It counts as 10.

 

Q: Who is sponsoring this? Are you getting paid for this?

A: I am sponsoring it. I look forward to this all year long and am excited that I can add a few more prizes this year. No company or publisher has any part in it.

 

Q: My child is not reading yet does it count if I read to them?

A: 100% yes!  Most of our readers are parents with children who are not reading independently yet. This challenge is all about getting families to read. Children do not need to be reading solo yet to participate. If you read a book to your baby that counts too! We want to get families to make reading a habit and have fun doing it.

 
Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must fill out this form as stated above. 3 winning participators ( 1 per month)  will be drawn at random, using Random.org on June 15th ,  July 15th and August 15th by 8pm PST on that day . The winner will receive a book pack prize valued at approximately $20. Grand Prize : 1 winning participator will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on September 1st 2013 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card valued at approximately $50. After the winners are notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their email address to send the prize to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
 
 

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4th Annual Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer Reading Challenge - Read and Win

Are you ready to break our record? Because that is what we will do this summer. We are going to break our own record we set in 2011 of 29,117 books read and read 30,000 books from now until August 31st 2013! We can do this. We HAVE to do this.

How it works :

1. Read. You can read to your kids or if your kids can read they can read to you or independently. It all counts!

2. Come here and fill in how many books or chapters you have read per family. Just enter the number no need to write out titles. You may enter no more than once per day or you can use our tally sheet printable and track your books read and enter less frequently. We count complete chapters as equal to one picture book because we want to celebrate all readers and know that chapter books can take a long time to complete.

3. Every time you enter your books and /or chapters you will be automatically entered into our Summer Reading Challenge Sweepstakes.

What You Can Win

1. Monthly Book Prize Packs !  On June 15th, July 15th and August 15th I will draw an entry and that person will win a prize pack to say thanks for participating. The books will be chosen based on age of the children in the winning family. Each will contain 4- 6 books handpicked by me based on your child’s age and reading level. The prize packs are worth approximately $20 each.

 

2. Grand Prize  $50 Amazon.com Gift Card to buy books, craft supplies or a pair of cute boots for the fall ! I will draw one winner from all the entries on September 1st 2013 using random.org

 

The real prize is reading with your children!

 

summer reading entry form

 

FAQ:

 

Q: If I have more than one child do I enter the number of books we read as a family or do separate entries for each child?

A: Please enter as a family. So if you have 2 kids that read 4 books each enter 8 books for that day.

 

Q: Can I do this if I am doing other Summer Reading Challenges?

A: Absolutely! I highly encourage you to participate in ones at your local library and Scholastic’s Summer Challenge too!

 

Q: If I forget to enter my books for one day can I add them the next?

A: You can add your book tally as often as once per day or as infrequently as you like. Some people add them in big chunks others a little at a time. All we ask is that you do not add them more than once per day.

 

Q: If my child reads the same book 10 times in one day do I count it as one  or ten?

A: TEN! We know that kids love to re read their favorites and this is all about enjoying reading so if they enjoy the same book ten times more power to them! It counts as 10.

 

Q: Who is sponsoring this? Are you getting paid for this?

A: I am sponsoring it. I look forward to this all year long and am excited that I can add a few more prizes this year. No company or publisher has any part in it.

 

Q: My child is not reading yet does it count if I read to them?

A: 100% yes!  Most of our readers are parents with children who are not reading independently yet. This challenge is all about getting families to read. Children do not need to be reading solo yet to participate. If you read a book to your baby that counts too! We want to get families to make reading a habit and have fun doing it.

 
Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must fill out this form as stated above. 3 winning participators ( 1 per month)  will be drawn at random, using Random.org on June 15th ,  July 15th and August 15th by 8pm PST on that day . The winner will receive a book pack prize valued at approximately $20. Grand Prize : 1 winning participator will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on September 1st 2013 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card valued at approximately $50. After the winners are notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their email address to send the prize to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

One Week Left – Summer Reading Challenge

We are on track to meet our goal but we need your help to make sure it happens! This summer our goal was to read 25000 books with our kids and so far we have read 23839. Only 1161 books to go- we can read that and then some in a week but it only counts if we tally it up so don’t forget!

Now if you just stumbled upon this you aren’t too late – you have until August 26th to join in the fun . This post explains how to join our summer reading challenge . Our goal is to remember to read with our kids and encourage our kids to read  during the busy summer months. Because I am so thankful for all the support and participation I am also giving away a $50 Amazon.com gift card to one participant so someone can celebrate reading even more with new books.

Enter Your Weekly Tally Here

Thank you so much – I know we will hit and pass our 25000 book goal because of you!

Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must fill out this form. 1 winning participator will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Sunday August 26th 2012 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card valued at approximately $50. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their email address to send the gift card to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Summer Reading Challenge 2 Weeks To Go!

We only have 3011 books to go to reach our goal of 25 thousand books read by No Time For Flash Cards readers this summer. I am in awe. You guys rock and just think of all the fantastic stories and quiet time together you have had with your kids while reading this summer. I can’t thank you all enough for joining in!

If you haven’t joined already you still can! You can get all the details and answers to your questions here.  Summer Reading Challenge are here including FAQ.

Join in and you will be promoting great reading habits for your kids while getting entered to win the end of summer sweepstakes from me . One participant will get a $50 Amazon.com gift card to buy more books! Well you can use it for anything but hopefully a few books will be in your cart if you win.

If you know what you are doing I won’t keep you . Pop over and fill out this form to enter your tally .

Thanks so much for making this such a great part of my summer , now go read!

Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must fill out this form. 1 winning participator will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Sunday August 26th 2012 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card valued at approximately $50. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their email address to send the gift card to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.