Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate with some good books. Last year we started a tradition of Summer Reading with our kids. This year we are counting up how many books we as a community can read, because reading is rad ! I will post reminders to fill in your tally sheet and at the end of the summer ( August 26th)you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card from amazon.com so you can buy more books to share with your kids.
You may enter one tally sheet per week per household , read more books, get more chances to win! The tally sheet is your contest entry as well more than one entry per week per email will be discarded. The prize is fun but we all win when we read with our kids.
I will be posting reminders every Saturday. The tally sheet weeks are as follows please only submit once per week period :
June 3-9th , 10th -16th , 17th- 23rd , 24th-30th
July 1st-7th , 8th-14th, 15th- 21st , 22nd-28th
July 29th – August 4th
August 5th-11th , 12th-18th , 19th -25th.
The winner will be drawn on the 26th of August.
So simple . So Important . So rad!
Fill Out Your Tally Sheet
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I have had lost of requests for a printable – I am away so I haven’t had time to make one but this one from The Crafty Classroom is great !
welcome to our wonderland says
we loved doing this last year. 🙂 glad it is back
do I fill out just for my 5 year old or can my 10 year old do one too?
fill one out for both kids . So if your 5 year old reads 30 books in a week and your 10 year old reads 10 chapters of a chapter book you may put 40 books on your weekly tally sheet for your household.
Do you have some printable chart that the kids could fill out during the week to keep track? This would be a great math activity!
http://thecraftyclassroom.com/blog/2011/05/27/summer-reading-chart/ I love this one from the crafty classroom!
There’s some over at Homeschool Creations too. http://homeschoolcreations.blogspot.com/2011/06/reading-challenge-charts-free.html
We are so excited for all the summer reading programs we are participating in this summer!! We are huge bookworms over here. =p
When do we fill out the tally sheet? At the end of the week on Saturday?
If we have a toddler can we still participate…..record the books we read to them?
Exactly – most of our readers will be doing the reading with a small person doing the listening 🙂 it all counts!
I was a bit patchy about keeping track last year with a brand new baby in the house (not sure how you do it), but this year maybe I’ll inlist the older daughter’s help with keeping track.
We could have a high count this year as my almost 5 year old has started reading in earnest recently and is really running with it (this week she read the first chapter of the lion the witch and the wardrobe!!!), and the one year old is already getting books out of the boxes and flipping through them or bringing them to someone to read to her.
Thank you for organizing this! We can’t wait to participate.
Jennifer @ Schooling Three Sisters says
This sounds like fun….count us in!
When do we start keeping track? When can we send in the first tally sheet?
Jade =) says
Fun! We are already keeping tally for the other summer reading programs… looking forward to adding this one to our list! Thanks!
Thanks for this great incentive! I filled out the form today for this week!
This look so fun, Can we join in even if we are on the far side of the world, even if we are in the depths of winter and even if we are in the depths of school time…
I love this idea and just printed out a ‘chart’ for my son and I to keep track. I LOVE you blog. Just a quick question though…what is a ‘week’ to you? Sunday – Saturday? Or Mon-Sun? I just want to make sure I enter everything correctly!
I updated with dates for each reporting period. I am clearly much better at the glue and glitter than the logistics… but this way it’s fair for everyone!
Erin K. says
I love this idea! I’m curious though.. In addition to normal fiction chapter books, my 7 year old loves non-fiction books, and also graphic novels. How do we count reading that doesn’t necessarily involve chapters? I’m assuming anyway that you don’t mind the comics.. we tend to encourage whatever kind of reading he feels most like. The 4 year old and the 2 year old are most still just read to, so those books will be fairly easy to tally. Thanks so much!
honestly I trust your judgment if you think that their comic books have enough text to equal a book/ chapter of reading than count it as a book.
The Lovely One says
I want to do this with my 5 year old, but I’m confused about the tally sheet. Does the email address track it all? Do I enter once a week, or only at the very end, or can I do it every day? Do the books they read to her at preschool count? Help! I’m tally sheet impaired!
NO you aren’t tally sheet impaired at all.
I updated the post so now there are date periods outlined on the post, as long as you only submit the tally once per period you will be fine, if you miss one you can still add the books you forgot to submit for our grand tally but you will have one less chance to win the gift card. I am just limiting people to once a week so I don’t have people submitting 1 book read every day and end up with 65 entries . That way everyone has the same opportunity for the prize.
I would say the books at preschool do not count as this is supposed to be promoting literacy at home.
Is there an age limit for this???
I didn’t set one – it’s geared towards 10 and under but is open to all.
Cerys @ Toddling into Madness says
Hi, I was wondering whether being in the UK we could still participate in this. My almost 2 year old is obsessed by books and from 5am in the morning till he goes to sleep we have to read and read and read.
yes ! If you happen to win the gift card I will adjust it to a prize you can use from the UK 🙂