Fostering Community Involvement
Once the parents understand the concept of the summer reading journal and commit to follow through with the idea, find ways of connecting parents, students and the community. Although not prohibitively priced, books can be the kind of expense that is not in ever family’s budget.
Contact local libraries to find out if they are participating in reading challenge programs. Many of these programs encourage kids to keep track of how many books or pages they have read. They may even offer rewards for completing a certain amount.
Since the reading journals that are part of the program only offer an opportunity to list a book’s title but do not provide space for journaling thoughts, use them in addition to the summer reading journal that is put together for the parents.
Another way to keep a reading journal and get a free book at the end is made possible by Barnes & Noble. Their summer reading program requires children between grades one and six to read any eight books, record their titles and notate the location that is mentioned in each book. Upon completion – but before a certain date usually set in September – the children take the reading journal to a local Barnes & Noble store and receive a free book the child may pick from a pre-determined list.
It is evident that a summer reading journal used in conjunction with community involvement is an excellent method for keeping students’ reading enthusiasm going strong.