A lot of folks have been disappointed that the SC Department of Education will not be proceeding with a No Book Left Unread Summer Reading Challenge this summer. While I appreciate that this is sad news, there ARE other State summer reading programs as well as reading programs sponsored by other organizations.
Here are just a three:
Collaborative Summer Library Program – This program has three levels: childrens (“One World, Many Stories”), teens (“You Are Here”), and adult (“Novel Destinations”). The goal is to “travel” through books.
“Now in its fifth year, the Summer Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record. The 20 schools with the most minutes logged will receive recognition in the 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records. Kids can participate in weekly challenges, earn digital rewards, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, find great books to read, and more.”
Barnes and Nobel Summer Reading - For every 8 books read the student can choose a free book from the list on the back of the reading journal. Meant for elementary levels (1st through 6th grade).
And of course, you can ALWAYS promote the SC Book Award Program. Challenge your students to read all 20 of the books and plan your own “rewards” for students.