1 Summer, 2 Reading Challenges, 4 Kids!

by Christine@TheAums on June 17, 2011 · 4 comments

Hey! Better late than never is my motto today and you’ll see why in a moment…
Usually, I take an everything in moderation approach in life, but with reading and books I tend to tip the scales in favor of the more the merrier! 

That’s why The Aums have joined two reading challenges this summer. One is the iVillage PBS Kids Summer Reading Community Challenge. It started June 6th and runs through July 15. You can still sign up here and receive daily emails with great tips (and more!). For example:

Chatting with your kids at the dinner table doesn’t just make meal time fun; it also helps them develop intellectually. At the kitchen table, ask them to tell you what books they’re reading, and tell them about the books you’re reading, too. Or, talk about a favorite book you’ve read together.

Need some ice breakers? Start with a simple topic. Talk about why certain books are your favorites and ask your kids the same. Do they like mysteries? Silly rhyming books, like Dr. Seuss or superhero stories like “Super WHY” and “Word Girl”? 

Talking about books in an everyday context weaves reading into the fabric of your home life. You may even be surprised to find your kids devouring book after book, just so they have something to share with you during your next family meal!

Also, this week on iVillage, I share some ways to keep reading fun for you and your kids…even when they ask you to read the same book over and over. Check it out: and leave a comment with your favorite funny books!

The second reading challenge we joined is through the Santa Cruz Public Library system, but I’ve heard libraries throughout the country provide a summer reading program, so check with your local branch.

The theme this year is “One World, Many Stories,” which goes well with my summer goal of exposing and experiencing more cultures with my Aumies. Everyone is encouraged to join! I remember feeling weird about signing up my newborn in years past, but our kind librarians reminded me that reading to them counts, and I totally agree!

For every hour that kids read and record on a chart, they earn one dollar (up to twenty) to spend locally with program sponsors. It officially started on Monday and ends July 30. You can learn more and still sign up here:

So here’s to happy and plentiful summer reading for you and your entire family! If you have any tips to share, please leave them in the comments…Aloha!

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Fabulosokids Bruce June 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Great post! Keeping the kids reading over summer expands their minds and keeps them sharp for their return to school. Thanks for sharing


The Aums Mama June 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

@fabulosokids Exactly! Thank you for reading this post about reading, haha!


Yamamabad June 18, 2011 at 5:52 am

Wow, inspiring. It makes me want to go out and read all the books I've meant to or hope to have time for. Maybe I can set up a pay myself to read incentive. Not that its the reason for these kids to read, just an added bonus, but the pile I'd like to get to is growing. Love the post. Keep em coming.


Rach (DonutsMama) June 22, 2011 at 1:16 am

I love that you are so passionate about reading with your kids. That is something I really want to instill in my daughter. I've always had a love of books, but sadly my husband never did b/c his family never emphasized the importance of them.


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