Anyone can join in, and you can certainly experience books in this way with your younger child, but I am thinking that this is something that will be more appealing to school-aged children: from six or seven all the way up through high school. I would love to see some mothers of teenagers committing to do this. You might choose to select a book that would appeal to the whole family, or do it one on one with each member of the family throughout the summer. Edited to add clarification: You do NOT have to read aloud. The idea is simply for you to read what your kids are reading and then discuss it in some way. All I ask is that you try. Select a book together. Read it together (out loud or independently). Discuss it (chapter by chapter or all at once at the end).
So, do you want to commit, at least to try it?
Here are the specifics:
- Come back and sign up at the Mr. Linky that will be posted next week, Monday, June 25 (HERE is the link). If you are a non-blogger, you can just sign up in the comments on that post. In order to "sign up" you can just link to the post you wrote announcing your intent to participate. You do not need a specific plan (although that might make it easier for you).
- Read and discuss at least one book with at least one child/tween/teen. You can read any book you'd like, but I have compiled a list of some books that we have enjoyed. I have created or supplied some reading guides to go along with them as well. You can read the list HERE.
- Share your experience. After you have read and discussed your book, link to the completed mission list with a summary of the book and how you enjoyed the challenge to Read Together.
- Win a prize. Of course, a mission is a lot more fun if there are prizes to be won! On August 27, I will draw some winners from those who have completed a book and posted the results (more books read equals more chances to win). I will sponsor a $10 amazon gift certificate, and at least one book giveaway, and I am hoping to round up some other book prizes, to be announced later (here's an updated list).
- Spread the word. It's not required to join, but if you would like to show your readers your commitment to Read Together, please use this sidebar button (as shown at the top of the post). Here is the code so that it will link back to this post: