Top 10 reading reward programs for summer 2011

Keep your kids reading this summer, and prevent summer loss, with these 10 great reading incentive programs:

  1. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading ProgramBarnes & Noble Summer Reading
  2. Kids must read any eight books this summer and record them in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination Journal. They then bring their completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 24th and September 6th, 2011, and choose a free book from the book list
    featured on the back of the journal.

  3. Half-Price Books: Feed Your […]

Featured User Series: Meet Marissa!

I am so excited to introduce you to Marissa, my very first member who was in no way related to me! I still remember the email notification I received letting me know I had had my first RR registration. Let me just tell you, my family certainly remembers… :-)

Nearly 18 months and over 4,000 users later, Marissa has come out as one of my ‘best read’ members, with 279 books read, and 53 reviews. Marissa is not even 9 years old yet!!! I’m thrilled to see that she continues to use the site for her reading log.

I […]

How to run a great Summer Reading Program

How far would you go to get kids reading over the summer?

Mrs. Stoudenmire, a principal at Deerfield Windsor Lower School, in Georgia, has pledged to either kiss a pig, be in a human sundae or get dunked in a dunking booth if students read at least 250,000 minutes over the course of the summer.

Kathy Baker, Directory of Media Centers at Deerfield Windsor, recently found out about the Reading Rewards website, and set up a group for her 300+ students to use to help keep track of their […]

Featured User Series: Meet Gabriele

Welcome to the second post in our ‘Featured User’ series! I would like to introduce you to Gabriele, 10 1/2 years old, who has been a Reading Rewards member since September, 2010.

Gabriele has logged over 131 reading hours on our site (well done!!), and has reviewed 24 books. Great job!

We asked Gabriele to answer a couple of questions about RR:

Do you have an all-time favorite book? What sort of book do you generally enjoy?

A difficult question. […]

10 fantastic reading incentives that won’t cost you a penny!

I couldn’t resist, I had to take a look. What sort of incentives have parents and teachers been setting up on Reading Rewards? Kids log reading time, and earn ‘RR’ Miles by doing so (1 for every reading minute logged, up to a maximum of 90/day). Teachers and parents can then add custom rewards to kids’ very own RR Store. Once kids have earned enough RR Miles, they can ‘purchase’ their rewards. Kids love it!

So today, I checked it […]

Reading Rewards Featured User Series: Meet Talitha! was launched just over a year ago, and since then we have had just over 4,000 members join. We’re very excited! More than just an online reading log, Reading Rewards also encourages our young members to rate and review their books. These reviews can then be shared with other members, and help kids find great book recommendations.

I’ve wanted to profile some of our users for a while. I love reading their reviews: they often put a lot of time and effort into them, and I hope you enjoy them!

In this first of our ‘Featured User’ […]

Tales from the great Canadian North

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting a pretty remote part of the world: Iqaluit, Nunavut, in the great Canadian North. I was there on business, consulting on an IT project.

I had no idea what to expect, really, but nothing could have prepared me for the breathtaking views from the plane as we descended. Frozen tundra as far as the eye can see, snowmobiles, tiny, whizzing across frozen Frobisher Bay. If I had seen a polar bear, I would not have […]

Winners of the 2011 Children’s Choice Book Awards!

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) in association with Every Child A Reader, the CBC Foundation, announced the winners of the fourth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards at a gala in New York City on May 2nd as part of Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2011). Children across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at, casting over 500,000 votes.

The Children’s Choice Book Award winners are as follows:

Author of the Year: Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of […]

Getting boys reading with Pam Allyn

Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways that Will Change Their Lives by Pam Allyn
176 pages, ISBN: 978-0545204552

When I was asked to review Pam Allyn’s Best Books for Boys – How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives, I didn’t hesitate for second. It’s what I’ve been trying to do in my own way, for my 2 boys and for others, so I was definitely looking forward to reading her advice.

While the book is definitely geared […]