We're keeping it simple. Our county library has faced drastic spending cuts. One of the effects is a less exciting Summer Reading program for kids. So we've created our own.
Having a reluctant reader, I have no qualms about bribing him to read. My kid is a huge Godzilla toy collector. He's reading books this summer to earn a new Bandai Creation figure.
We gathered a nice selection of books from thrift stores, used book stores and the library. I assigned a point value to each book and marked it in pencil in the corner of the first page. Short and easy reads are worth 1 point. Chapter books and books with more challenging vocabulary are worth more.
And he's reading!
He's lazing on his bed and in the hammock with a book. He's reading over his waffles in the morning. Who knew!?