Believe itsummer is around the corner. Woo-hoo! Around the corner! As in like just a few weeks away! Its May! Pools open in May. Weather warms in May. Swim team registration starts in May. We buy bathing suits in May. Wait. How can we even talk about ways to get your kids psyched for summer reading when school isnt even out yet? Many of us still have assessments to think about, big projects coming though, and a whole lot that has to happen between now and the time those kids come running through the school doors screaming, No more teachers, no more books. . . Getting your kids totally psyched for summer reading is easy. Eeeeasy. Weve got be cool. Weve got to be creative. And weve got to be careful. But Ive got the how-to right here, and youll be surprised at how easy it is. Heres the skinny. . . How to Get Your Kids Psyched for Summer Reading: Five ways. 1. Start planning your Summer Reading Book Swap Party. We do this every year, and every year its both a great way to say good-bye to the school year and hello to summer! With just a wee bit of planning, anyone can throw a rockstar Summer Reading Book Swap or a Kick-Off Summer Reading Party or a Book-Lovers Book Bash any day of the week. Send out evites, have your kids create simple invitations using an index cards and a simple Come to Our Summer Reading Book Swap use a sample invite below: summer reading book party invite by teach mama 2. Search for inexpensive or (even better!) free books. For the next few weekends leading up to summer, go on a book search: visit yard sales or garage sales find local thrift shops reach out to your local groupschurch groups, MOM Clubs, playgroups ask friends and family if they have books theyre ready to part with, and give them the ones you are ready to part with yourself. Before you know it, you may have a whole new set of summertime books to call your own! 3. Celebrate the library. Make sure your kids all have their own library cards. If they are old enough to write their names, theyre old enough for their own cards. And you know what? They will love, love, love having their own card. Worried that theyll lose their cards? I get it. Make special library card holders by punching a hole through a gift card envelope and threading a long piece of yarn through it. Kids can wear them around their necks (as necklaces) or pin them to their shirts on library trip days. 4. Make book-happy Summer Fun Cards: Another early summer tradition in our house is to make Summer Fun Cards. We pow-wow after a picnic lunch and make plans for our long summer months. This year, give your Summer Fun Cards an extra-special book-focus. Challenge each child to include at least three cards outlining new and unusual places or waysto read their books. 5. Get in on a summer reading challenge. Many kids need a challenge to keep them interested and engaged, and that makes sense. Consider challenging your child to: Master a series: Pick a series of books, and see if through the summer, your child can read the whole thing, from start to finish. A book series exists for every single reading level, so dont think that your child is too young or too old for this challenge! Finish a list: Libraries, schools, and sites like Scholastic have entire reading lists to print and keep on hand. Wouldnt it be a riot for your child to read an entire book list from beginning to end? Break a record: Set a goal as a family for weekly number of books read, hours logged, or chapters read, and check in each week. Check in each week and evaluate how youve done in relation to your goal, and Start scoping Summer Reading Programs. Well be chatting all about Summer Reading programs tomorrow, and you wont want to miss it. Join us for: we teach: Summer Reading Resource Share Monday, May 6: 1-2pm ET Join the Community Managers from the we teach forum for a Summer Reading Resource SHARE! Hosted by: >+amy mascott(@teachmama) > +Bernadette Ortiz-Grbic(@Momto2PoshLilDivas) > +Jacquie Fisher(@KCEdventures) > +Kim Vij (@EducatorsSpin) We will cover tips, tricks, and ideas for: -making Summer Reading exciting, memorable, and FUN; -engaging reluctant readers; -kicking off the season with a Summer Reading event; -including the whole family; -keeping the momentum going all summer long; -finding new books, free resources, and lists for every child. . . and more! We would love to answer any of your summer reading questions! Leave them below, or tweet any of us with the hashtag #weteach and well add your question to our program. And if you cant make it, NO problem! The video from the live event will be embedded on our forum, and resources will be shared on a Summer Reading Resource page. Scholastic Summer Reading Facebook Chat Monday, May 6: 9-10pm ET Join the folks from Scholastic, and the writers of Scholastic Parents Raise a Reader blog, Allie McDonald of No Time for Flashcards and me (yay!) for an event to kick-off Scholastics Summer Challenge! We will be focusing on keeping kids readingand enjoying it! all summer long! Well also talk about Scholastics Summer Challenge, why you want to try it, and how it can help your children maintain momentum throughout those long summer months. Wondering about how to use digital books for your kids? Well chat about them as well! Big prizes for the night? Personalized book packs for your family! Please leave questions or concerns you have about summer reading on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, and well cover them during the event! Heres to a reading-happy summer, my friends! Looking forward to lots of great ideas and some serious resource sharing! 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