Friday, 14 July 2017

Encourage Kids To Reading During The Summer!

You know a new school year is gearing up when stores start stocking up with paper, pens, crayons, and backpacks. There's no better way to get your kids back in the routine of learning than reading a good book. There are plenty of "summer reading" programs to participate in (schools, libraries, etc.), or you can encourage your kids to read right from their own home.

My love for reading goes back to my childhood. I recall participating in the "summer reading" program at a small local library. There wasn't very many books to chose from, but I had a blast reading them.

Today, I'm teaming up with the Oriental Trading to feature a few fun products that I believe will encourage kids to read.

Summer Reading Log

If you read a lot, then keeping track of each and every title you read might be a difficult task. Luckily, you can use the My Summer Reading Log booklet ($14.99 per dozen) to keep track of the titles of books you have read, minutes read, and whether you liked or disliked the book. Each 5" x 8" booklet has 27 pages featuring Summer Reading Log pages, as well as a "Draw a picture of something you've read about" page. The front cover has a spot where you put your name, and the back cover has a neat goal marker.

Reading Reward Card 

Not every kid is going to want to read a book, but there are was to encourage them to do so, such as giving them a Reading Reward Card (discontinued; 30 pieces per unit). The 4 1/2" x 3 1/2"card features a cute illustration of an owl reading a book. There are 20 small book illustrations on the card, which represents 20 books you have read. A parent or teacher can use a hole punch to punch a hole through each book illustration once a child/student has read one book. Once he or she gets a full card punched (aka - when you have read 20 books), you can reward the young reader with a gift (toy, book, candy, pizza, etc.).

Summer Reading Stickers

There isn't a kid in the world who doesn't like stickers!  A fun way to reward a child/student for reading a book is to give them a nifty sticker. Oriental Trading has a wide variety of stickers to chose from, such as the Summer Reading Stickers ($2.49; 100 stickers per roll). The adorable stickers features summer-theme illustrations with cute sayings, such as "Chill Out And Read" and "Have A Ball With A Good Book!".

Dr. Seuss Read Bulletin Board Set

Decorating a reading room or classroom can be a creative way to get children to read. The Dr. Seuss Read Bulletin Board Set retails for $12.99 and features 1 large poster of The Cat In The Hat, 1 book diecut piece, 5 unique character diecut pieces, 3 motivational Dr. Seuss quotes, and 3 cut-out words: Learn, Imagine, and Read. It comes with foam tape, so you can either layer the diecut pieces on the Cat In The Hat poster or put the pieces, cutouts, and poster on a wall or bulletin board.

Reading Pillow

Whether in a classroom or reading nook, finding a comfortable spot to read can be a bit difficult. However, there are ways to make a reading room comfortable, such as a Reading Pillow ($9.99). Made from polyester and measuring 16"x12", this simple purple pillow can help brighten any reading corner. You can use the pillow as a neck support, rest your feet on it, or prop up your book on it.

Dr. Seuss Bookmarks

My love for bookmarks goes back to my childhood, when my mother would take me to the county library, where I would get a free bookmark at the checkout counter. I can't exactly explain it, but a colorful bookmark will always catch the eyes of young readers.

Oriental Trading has a wide variety of bookmarks to chose from, including the Dr. Seuss Bookmarks ($8.25 per unit). The set includes 2 different designs each for The Cat In The Hat, Horton Hears A Who, Yertle the Turtle, and Green Eggs and Ham. There are 50 bookmarks per unit, so there are plenty to share with your friends and/or classmates.

DC Superhero Origins Books

Lastly, the one thing every young reader needs is a great book to read. While there are many different kinds of stories out there for young readers, I decided to go with the Capstone DC Superhero Origins book series, as almost every kid likes superheros. Retailing at $19.99, the set includes four 8 1/2" x 11", 48-page adventures featuring Superman: An Origin Tale, Green Lantern: An Origin Tale, Batman: An Origin Tale, and Wonder Woman: An Origin Tale. The books tell the beginnings of the DC's most popular superheroes, but they are written in a "kid-friendly" way with colorful illustrations. In the very back of each book, there is a Discussion Questions section.

Oriental Trading has a cool educational site for kids called Learn365. To learn more information about Learn365 and their products, visit their website at:

*Note - I received free samples/products from Oriental Trading in exchange for my post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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