Sunday, June 17, 2007

Read Together

Summer is coming (or for many of you it is already here). When she's not at school, I have more time with Amanda, but I know that I don't always take advantage of it. Last summer, I made an effort to read some books with her. I wasn't always reading to her, but I tried to read some of the books that she was reading so that we could discuss it. So, in the vein of the Read to Me Mission, I would like to be an encouragement to those of you who are looking to connect with your kids. Reading a book together is a wonderful way to open the door to discussions, to find out what makes them laugh, what makes them angry, or what they don't quite understand.

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:
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  • Enjoy!

24 comments:

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

Great idea! My kids are too young, but I will spread the word on my blog in the next few days. Have a great Monday!

Cindy Swanson said...

What a terrific blog you have here! Great content and lovely design. I plan to visit more often!

Katrina said...

Looking forward to this! Camden and I will be participating, as we plan to continue our way through the Warriors series (or as we call them, "the cat books"). Thanks for planning hosting this great idea!

~liz said...

oh, thank you for this inspiration! the boys and i are going to the library this morning to sign up for their summer reading book club. teamed with your read with me challenge, the boys and i will have many reading and story adventures this summer!
~liz
www.smithical.com

Org Junkie said...

I love how passionate you are about books and reading and how you encourage and support others as well!

Awesome!

Laura

Andrea said...

Jennifer,
This is great. I love you are a book lover like me.
I will definitely be joining in.
Thanks!

Beck said...

That sounds like SO much fun! The Girl and I would LOVE to join!

Beth@Sportsmomma said...

We'll be joining in too. We're really working hard making sure the boys read more this summer. This will be a great inspiration!

Marianna said...

What a wonderful ideas. We have read the first two titles on your list, and I loved them both. Another really good read aloud is "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo. I will be back next week to sign up. We are reading "Gooney the Fabulous" by Lois Ehlert right now...

relevantgirl said...

Great stuff. I'd be happy to donate a book if you'd like one for a prize.

Brenda said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I found you through Andrea at The Flourishing Mother. I read to my kids all the time, but this challenge made me think about reading something we could actually discuss! Some things I kept waiting until she was old enough to read to her and guess what? She is now! Boy that snuck up on me fast. I put your button on my blog.

Stephanie said...

Reading is so important to a child's development. Even though my daughter is only five, I read to her a lot! I will be posting discussion questions for our book pick on my blog on Monday, but will be sure to mention your great challenge sometime that week.
Stephanie
www.thewrittenword.wordpress.com

Jean said...

Great idea! I can't wait to get started..well we've already started reading, but can't wait to participate.

Tammy said...

Wonderful idea, Jennifer- I'm in! :)
Last year I read aloud to my first grader an abridged version of The Little Princess and then Heidi. I want to read another classic with her for this!

DebD said...

e-Mom shared this link on her blog. I would definitely like to join in and read with some of my older children especially. I miss those times together.

alisonwonderland said...

all three of my children fit your ideal profile - they are 8, 11, and 16. we will definitely participate! i've put your button on my sidebar (on my book blog), and i'll be back on monday to sign up! thanks for letting me know about it!

jdoriot said...

Neat! I just found out about this challenge and I think it's wonderful...we started reading Treasure Island today so this challenge comes at a great time! Thanks for hosting...

Cmommy said...

We're joining in! Thanks for the link button, etc. (I really need to learn how to create them!) Cmommy

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

I knew something was coming up but missed this post. Finally found it so I'll come up with mylist and post soon! And, this will go nicely with our local library's summer reading program! *wink* Killing two accountibilities with one book...or something like that! LOL

Jennifer said...

Just read about this on Callapidder Days blog, and we are in! We are so ready to "settle in and read awhile" after some really hectic weeks, so this is great timing for us. Thanks for the challenge!

Veronica Mitchell said...

It's a great idea, but my kids are a little young yet to discuss books with them. Great plan for the future.

Laura said...

This is a great idea! I wish I had found the earlier so we could have participated.

My children did participate in our local library's summer reading program though. My oldest son (8) won the prize for reading the most in the reader's category with 288 book. Followed closely by his younder brother (age 6) coming in second with 284 books. They are my only readers (well except for my 19 yo), the other four were all read to by either oldest dd, myself, or one of the two boys. The "listeners" all had 200+ books read to them except for the baby who stil had 179 books read to him, I think it was (without looking at their papers).

I am so proud of their accomplishments.

Laura Williams said...

Thank you Jennifer for emailing me. I will definitely join in with my children.

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

We read a lot of books together this summer. I just didn't get a chance to post a review of them all.