Tomorrow is Topher’s last day of preschool. That means a lot of things , most of which I don’t really want to think about (My little boy is growing up! Hold me!) – but one thing is means that I’m actually looking forward to?
Summer Reading Club!
I’m not a huge fan of the way the EPL runs their summer reading club – no weekly programming, just random “events” at different branches throughout the city that you’re supposed to attend to earn badges. Each badge you earn gives you points towards entries in a draw for the Big Prize – usually a computer game of some sort. How does that support literacy?
(I worked as the Summer Reading Club Coordinator at our local library when I was in university so I have much higher standards!)
So I made up my own Summer Reading Club: I take the kids to Storytime once a week and made a logbook for Topher to keep track of the books he reads as well as the time he spends reading. With the “real” reading club he earns one badge for every hour he spends reading; with Mommy’s reading club he earns one sticker for every five books he reads.
He’s more excited about the stickers. Take that, Big City Library, with your fancy schmancy computerized reading club!
This is Topher’s third year participating and he’s set the goal of reading 100 books!
Here are a few of his favourites:
Topher’s Top 10
- The Runaway Hug
- Zoe Gets Ready
- The Book With No Pictures
- Just One Goal (though he loves anything by Robert Munsch!)
- Anything Curious George
- Pete the Cat
- The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair
- The Gruffalo
- Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
- I Spy books
Ellie hates to be left out of anything her brother is involved in, so she’s participating in Mommy’s Summer Reading Club this year too. (Topher is in both. Shhh, don’t tell Ellie!)
Here are her go-to books when it’s time to snuggle up on the couch and read:
Ellie’s Top 10
- Anything Caillou
- Beautiful Oops!
- Yoo-hoo, Ladybug!
- Who’s Making That Noise?
- Hide and Seek Harry (Around the House, At the Beach, etc.)
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Where’s the Poop?
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
If you have kids, what are their favourite books? If you don’t have kids, what were your favourite books as a child?
*FYI: None of the links shared above are affiliates, I just wanted to show you where to buy the books if you’re interested.