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What Are Your Kids Reading This Summer? Win Prizes by Sharing!

Summer Reading for Kids to Win Prizes

When BlogFrog asked me if I wanted to get involved with Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club promoting their kids’ Summer Reading Series campaign, it was a no brainer. I love this stuff! Summer reading lists? That is  right up my alley. What is even better is that my readers will get a chance to win prizes just for sharing what their kids will be reading this summer. I’m interested in knowing. Sharing this info is a great way to discover new great books. Just like the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club!

My going-into-fourth-grade middle child has a summer reading assignment. She must read five books and do a book report project by the first day of class. Even though we read year round, she is protesting and slightly stressed about this homework. It could be that she’s a very picky kid, so much so that she has her own blog on this topic. She does like to read though it sometimes takes 1-4 chapters to get her out of grousing mode into engrossed mode.

That’s ok with me. I like finding her books that we both will love but it is a daunting task to come up with five. Coincidentally, I just created a category of posts called My Best Book Lists. I consulted these lists to come up with my picks:

1) Best Books for (Reluctant or Otherwise_ Boy Readers ages 6-16

I think she should give the Percy Jackson action adventure chapter book series by Rick Riordan another try. She’s really enjoyed the Harry Potter series and it’s similar but not as difficult.

2) Award Winning Children’s Lit: Caldecott/Newbery/Printz

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm might be right up her alley. My oldest loved it and said that it’s funny. It also won a ton of awards!

3) Massachusetts Book Award

Savvy by Ingrid Law might be a good fit for her. It’s another secret power chapter book series about a family with magical powers but it reads with a country twang. My oldest liked it so much that she read it side-by-side with a friend when there was only one copy in her classroom.

4) Newbery Award Winners by Age Appropriateness

I haven’t read this book, Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan,  and I have heard really good things about it. We’ll try it together.

5) Top 10: Best Summer Coming-of-Age Books for Girls (grades 4-8) UPDATED

She hasn’t read Rules by Cynthia Lord and this is a great chapter book that I think she will love and learn from.

Tell me what your kids are reading this summer for a chance to win a Summer Reading Prize Pack from the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club!

–  Grand Prize: Pottery Barn Kids’ reading chair and a Marc Jacobs Nylon Tote (for mom!)

– 5 First Prizes: Personalized Pottery Barn Kids’ Beach Tote


– Children’s Book-of-the-Month is now featuring the My Summer Reading Series! Kids receive 2 great books at their door each month all summer.  $6.99 a book PLUS a free $25 Restaurant.com gift card!  Check out the different book series, find a book you love and tell us the book title in the conversation for an extra entry in the contest!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club. The opinions and text are all mine.  Contest runs June 28 – July 22, 2011. A random winner will be announced July 27, 2011.  Official Rules
The Winners are:

Ruth –  Grand Prize Pottery Barn Kids’ reading chair and a Marc Jacobs Nylon Tote (for mom!)

Kristal, Joan, Lisa, Pam and Kim – 5 First Prizes: Personalized Pottery Barn Kids’ Beach Tote

You will be contacted by BlogFrog. Thank you to all who participated!


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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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