2016 Summer Reading Programs

Public Library Summer Reading Kit 2016

We took the boys to the library to sign up for the summer reading program.  We left with a large stack of books, the summer reading kits, and a calendar of fun summer events that’s part of the library’s summer reading program.

Oh, and also a gentle nudging to sign myself up for the adult summer reading program.  I’m assuming that one doesn’t have stickers and weekly prizes, though.  Ha!

Our library’s reading log just has places for the stickers, not an actual log (list) of the books.  I think we are also going to use this Reading Log as a master copy to keep track of the books (especially if we do other summer reading programs):

Reading Log - Miss Jacobs Little Learners


2016 Reading ProgramsFor Kids

Public Libraries Summer Reading Program – Make your local library your first stop, then check out these other summer reading programs & rewards!

Be sure to read the rules for each program.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathlon (grades 1-6) *FREE BOOK*

Books A Million Summer Reading Adventure *FREE LUNCH BAG*

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards – They also offer rewards for all sorts of kid successes.  Click to check out the full list!

Family Christian Bookstore’s Let Your Reading Take Flight *FREE BOOK*

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

Pizza Hut Book It! Summer Reading Program

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program

T. D. Bank Summer Reading Program *Earn $10*

H.E.Buddy Reading Club *FREE SHIRT* (Texas only, ages 3-12)

I Can ReadathonI Can Readathon – Sign up to get FREE parent/teacher resources, reward charts, stickers, activity pages, reading log, recommended books lists, and more! Everything you need to start a Readathon!


Pottery Barn Kids Summer Book Club

PBS DIY Summer Reading Camp

My ‘Summer Reading” Pinterest Board

My “Books For Kids” Pinterest Board


Poppin’ By To Wish You A Great Summer – End Of Year Treat Bag

Popping By To Wish You A Great Summer 1These are the treat bags I put together for B’s 4th grade class as a fun way to kick start their summer.  I did something similar for C’s Pre-K class, but found bubbles with little graduation caps on them.

Popping By To Wish You A Great Summer 2Great “Popping” items to include in a goodie bag (or on their own for a simpler treat):

Ring Pops
Pop Rocks
Bubble Gum (these are Double Bubble fruity flavors!)
Blow Pops or Tootsie Pops
Coke / Soft Drink / Soda Pop

These could also work for Teacher Appreciation, neighbor gifts, etc.

You can find the FREE printable tags here.

Organizing My Life With Mom’s Weekly Planner

Organizing My Life With Moms Weekly Planner

The Mom’s Weekly Planner 18-month family calendar has been my tried and true planner of choice for {I can’t even remember now how many} years. I ordered it over the holiday weekend and had it in my hands on Tuesday, thanks to Amazon Prime.

Amazon Prime gets the not-so-patient me. 

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The planner works great just the way it is, but if you need to customize it, it certainly lends itself to that.

The weekly pages has a square for Mom and up to 4 additional family members for each morning, afternoon, and evening (3 places for info, appointments, practices, etc for each family member each day).

Moms Weekly Planner 3If you happen to need a column for a 6th family member, you could white out or cover the words morning / afternoon / evening and utilize that column.

If you have less family members, but need columns for personal, family and business / work notes or appointments, this planner easily accommodates that.

I love the notes section on the first and/or last page of the weekly pages for each month.  Especially during the months that have lots of writing space!  The actual notes space varies each month, depending on which days of the week the month starts and ends.

If you are interested in checking out DIY planner ideas to help customize your Mom’s Weekly planner, check out my Pinterest board, Home Management Notebooks & DIY Planners for lots of great ideas! 

Additional Features of Mom’s Weekly Planner:

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  • Tabbed months
  • 18 months (July – December of the following year)
  • Inside back cover pocket
  • Plastic business card holder page
  • Tear-out to-do lists
  • Elastic band place holder
  • Lies flat for ease of use
  • Address pages
  • Available in different designs

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From Mom’s Weekly Planner:

Orchestrate the grand opus of everyday family life with this organizer, your essential tool for planning a brave new world of family sanity.

With organizational features that add method to the madness and pithy quotes to put it all in perspective, Mom’s Weekly Planner is just the mother’s little helper you need to keep track of every little thing.

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I’ve personally ordered mine on Amazon every summer, but Mom’s Weekly Planner may be available elsewhere as well.

I’m writing this to share a favorite life organizational tool with y’all.  I purchased it myself and no compensation was received for writing this post. #fineprint