Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs

Summer break is in full swing and even with all the great activities and outings available there is still ways to squeeze in some education. A great way to do this is through one of the many summer reading programs. Summer reading programs keep your kids interested in learning over break with some fun rewards! So here are some programs to try out with your kids.

2015 Summer Reading Programs

  • Barnes & Noble
    Imagination’s Destination
    Stop by your local store and pick up a reading journal (or print one online here) The program is fairly simple; your child will read and record 8 books. They will also write a short recommendation for each book. Then once completed they will turn in their reading journal and in turn recieve a FREE book. The program is going on now until September 7th
  • Scholastic
    Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge
    This is a FREE online reading program. You log in your child’s minutes read to help break the summer reading world record. Logging in minutes will unlock online stories and rewards. Parents can find tips, activities and book lists.
  • Chuck E. Cheese
    Reading Rewards Program
    Chuck E. Cheese’s offers printable Rewards Calendars. These calendars work for a number of ways including Summer Reading. It’s simple and fun, just print a calendar and once completed turn it in to a local location for 10 FREE tokens!
  • Sylvan Learning
    Book Adventure
    Another FREE online Reading Program, this one doesn’t just have to be during the summer as it is available all year. Book Adventure is sponsered by Sylvan Learning. Children will read their books and go online to take a quiz towards earning rewards.
  • Local Library
    Summer Reading Program
    Many libraries, if not all, offer a Summer Reading Program for children, teens and even adults. Usually the requirement for the children’s program is just a weekly check in. Some may offer weekly rewards and a book upon completion of the program. My local library also holds summer Pajama Story Times and special events along with the Reading Program.

Keep learning fun this summer!

Cruzin Mama

Dr. Seuss Birthday Events!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 2nd is the beloved children’s authors birthday. And there are so many events and ways to help celebrate! So I thought I should share them.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Events

Events

    • Lakeshore LearningSaturday February 28th, 11am to 3pm come craft, enjoy storytime, and play! Click here to see more info.
    • White Park/Dales Senior Center(Riverside)Hats Off to Dr Seuss is a special event happening Monday March 2nd from 11am to 1pm. Celebrate the day with a special brunch and donate a new or gently used book to children in need.
    • Barnes and Noble – Come to a very fun storytime on March 7th at 7pm (make to verify event details with your local store). There will also be activities featuring The Cat in the Hat, Oh,The Places You’ll Go!, and Green Eggs and Ham.
    • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum – The Children’s Discovery Museum located in Escondido will be hosting a Read Across America Event on March 2nd from 10am to Noon. This program is apart of the museums KPBS Kids Workshops that are offered at the museum. The event features a Dr Seuss themed storytime with a special Character guest, who will also be giving away Dr. Seuss books.
    • UCSD Library – not only does the library hold many original works of Theodor Seuss Geisel(Dr. Seuss) there is as well as sketches and drawings for his unpublished projects now there. The library is closed March 2nd in observance of his birthday but will be hosting a party on March 3rd at Noon.

Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss

Places to Visit

  • Local Library – stop by your local library and read the classic stories. Also check to see of the library is hosting any special events. My local library is all decorated with Dr Seuss’ famous characters and quotes.
  • UCSD Library – as mentioned above the UCSD library is home to many of Seuss’ original works as well as sketches and drawings of his unpublished works.
  • Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss – this is a special exhibit on display at the San Diego History Center until December 31, 2015. Step into the world of Dr. Seuss and enjoy some fun family activities.

Cat in the Hat paper plate mask

At Home Fun!

Here are some fun ideas to celebrate in your own way at home.

      • Dress up! – why not make the day a Storybook Character dress up day. It’s a great way to see who your child’s favorite storybook character is and to encourage learning in a fun way.
      • Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast – have a very fun and creative breakfast inspired by the Seuss classic. There are plenty of recipes on Pinterest if help is needed.
      • Read-A-Thon – read as many Seuss classics as you can or just as many books as you can. Make it a fun game with a little prize/reward. This will encourage your child to read more and makes learning fun.
      • Go to Seussville – this is a great place to find Dr Seuss inspired activities, games, videos, and printables. Visit Seussville by going to seussville.com

Have a great time celebrating!

Cruzin Mama

*Also be sure to check out the never-before-seen new picture book by Dr. Seuss What Pet Should I Get.*

The New Book from Dr. Seuss

Star Wars Reads Day

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Tomorrow Saturday October 11th is Star Wars Reads Day! This is a day to encourage children to get excited about reading and if course celebrate Star Wars. I don’t know about you but anything with Star Wars and I’m already in. Libraries and Barnes & Nobles will be hosting special events. This is the third year for this amazing international program. Find some events near you by clicking here.

Image from bn.com

Image from bn.com

All Barnes and Nobles will be having a special event for Star Wars Reads Day. Event times vary between locations. Most locations are either having it at 11 am or at 1 pm. Be sure to check with your local store to verify time and details. My local store informed me that the event will feature a special storytime, giveaways, crafts, and activities. This event is similar to the Get Pop Cultured summer event series I have previously posted about. Click here to find a location nearest you and for their event schedule.

*Sorry for the late post. I have been so busy lately that I just let this one sit in my draft folder for some reason. Hopefully this will still help in having a great Star Wars Read Day ;) *

May the Force be with you!

Cruzin Mama

Don’t Let the Crayons Quit at Barnes and Noble

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Barnes and Noble needs your help in stopping the Crayons from quitting!

Barnes and Noble needs your help, The Crayons have had enough and are ready to quit. So join in the aid this month at 4 special story time events. Show the Crayons your support by attending the story time events, taking part in story time activities and by creating them a special message.(Click here for the special stationary)

The Day the Crayons Quit was my kid’s favorite book during Summer reading. The story follows a boys box of crayons who have had enough and have written him telling him so. It’s a very fun read and I’m sure the events will reflect that.

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There will be 4 special story time days, beginning this Saturday September 6th at 11am. The rest will be on the next three Tuesdays at 11am. There will be one last special event on September 30th at 4pm to hear the Crayons final decision if they are going to quit or not.

Don’t miss out on the fun and show the Crayons your support!

Cruzin Mama

*Make sure to check with your local store to verify dates, times and details. Click here to find a location nearest you.*

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Day!

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This Saturday, August 9th, is all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new Ninja Turtles movie comes out this weekend and with it are some awesome events!

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Barnes and Noble kicks things off with TMNT Day for their Get Pop-Cultured Series. Starting at 11am and going on until 2pm the event will feature activities, face painting, story time, and a prize giveaway. Dressing up is encouraged to really get into the theme.
*This is the Temecula stores event schedule, please verify with you local store for dates and times. You can find your local store here.*

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What better way to celebrate the new movie release than with the Turtles themselves! The gang along with Shredder and April O’Neil will be at the Temecula Promenade Mall this Saturday from 1-3pm in the plaza across from the theater. This amazing meet and greet is presented by TMNT Van. There is a $5 cost for character photos with all proceeds going to Rancho Damacitas.

My little guy cannot wait!

My little guy cannot wait!

Cowabunga dudes!

Cruzin Mama

Marvel Day at Barnes and Noble

Posted in Summer Fun!

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Celebrate Marvels 75th Anniversary tomorrow at Barnes and Noble with giveaways, crafts and activities. This is a continuation of their Get Pop-Cultured Event Series going on until mid-August. Activities start at 10:30am and don’t be afraid to really get into it, kids are encouraged to dress up. We have attended a few of the events and the kids have been loving them. One of the featured crafts for tomorrow is for children to make their own Comic Book, how awesome is that! So swing in and check it out.

Cruzin Mama

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Click here to locate a store nearest you. Be sure to verify with your local store of times and dates of events, as they may vary between locations.

Frozen Friday

Posted in Summer Fun!

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It’s Frozen Friday this Friday at Barnes and Noble for Get Pop-Cultured. There will be crafts, sing-a-long, story time, photo ops and plenty of activities. Activities are going on throughout the day with the sing-a-long and story time happening at 7pm.

Let it go and join the fun!

Cruzin Mama

Get Pop-Cultured Barnes and Noble Special Events!

Posted in Summer Fun! 

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Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble starting this Friday July 18 and going on until August 10. These are special events happening at Barnes & Noble through the rest of July and a little into August to celebrate popular entertainment. There will be themed days like a Batman Day or Marvel Day to celebrate both of their 75th Anniversaries. Also weekend long themes and even a week theme for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The events will have activities, giveaways, exclusive sneak peeks and more. To find your nearest location click here.

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I am so excited to go and check these events out. My family has attended a few story times and my daughter just participated in this summers reading program. I just know my kids are going to love going to some of these events. And I’m sure a few already stick out as to what we will be attending, let’s see Batman Day, Marvel Day, Frozen Friday and of course the week for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I have already put in my little activities calendar these events.

Days geared towards kids:

    • Batman DayJuly 23rd
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    • Frozen FridayAugust 1st
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    • Marvel DayAugust 2nd
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    • Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAugust 4-9th
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As always when I talk about free events a little disclaimer: arrive early! The giveaways are limited and to ensure one try to be early.

Cruzin Mama

Barnes and Noble

Posted in Summer Reading and Education 
Image from bn.com

Image from bn.com

Besides their summer reading program, Barnes and Noble also has events for kids. Story time is Tuesdays at 10am it’s featured themes vary week to week. Pajamrama is on Fridays at 7pm, where your children come in their pajamas and enjoy a story before bedtime. Don’t forget to also check out the special events such as The Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Story-time on June 24th at 11am.

Flyer from Barnes and Noble

Flyer from Barnes and Noble

Saturday June 28th at 10am will be a very fun hands-on learning event. This event is recommended for children 8 and up. Image posted above is the flyer for the Temecula store location. Be sure to check with your local store to see if they have a sign-up list and to make sure the scheduled time is the same.

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There is still plenty of time to participate in the Summer Reading Program. The program runs until September 2nd. The program is very simple, just have your child right down each book he/she has read and they write a review on the book they read.

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My daughter loved to discuss each book and write her little review.  She was so proud to take in her completed journal and pick out her free book. She even went through check-out all by herself, well with me right behind her. Also I checked with my local store and they let us complete the program twice!

Download Barnes and Nobles Reading Journal by clicking here.

Cruzin Mama

Summer Reading

Posted in Summer Reading and Education

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A great way for kids to not fall behind over summer break is to take part in a summer reading program. So many places are offering their own programs with great rewards. For quite a few summers now my children have participated in our library’s summer reading. They love checking in weekly and collecting little prizes and spinning the wheel to win some great coupons for free food at local eateries. Be sure to also check out the story time events as well, it’s always fun to relax and listen to a story. I’ll keep an eye out for more reading programs but here are some to get started with.

Dive into reading this summer!

Cruzin Mama

Local Library
Be sure to check out your local library to sign up for their Summer Reading Program. The Temecula Library’s Program starts June 9th. Your child will check in weekly to receive a little prize and to spin the coupon prize wheel. When your child completes the program they receive a book to keep! And don’t miss Pajama Storytime on select Tuesdays at 7pm.

Image from Temecula Public Library Facebook

Image from Temecula Public Library Facebook

Pajama Storytime flyer

Pajama Storytime flyer

Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble offers a nice little reading program. How it works is after your child has read 8 books and logged them in their Reading Journal, found on barnesandnoble.com, they bring in their Journal to a local store and receive a free book!

Image from barnesandnoble.com

Image from barnesandnoble.com

Pottery Barn Kids
Lastly if you have a Pottery Barn Kids Store nearby be sure to check out their program. It is similar to Barnes and Nobles program with having kids read 8 books only there is a recommended book list for this one. There will also be weekly story times that will have snacks, activities and giveaways. There may also be Character appearances. The Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Program ends July 31st make sure to check it out before then.

Image from potterybarnkids.com

Image from potterybarnkids.com

Recommended Reading List from potterybarnkids.com

Recommended Reading List from potterybarnkids.com

Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids (image from potterybarnkids.com)

Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids (image from potterybarnkids.com)