I’m fairly certain that everyone in the Pacific Northwest is now out of school. Finally! My kids have been out for almost a month (one benefit from paying for a private school) and while I thought we’d get a big jump on the summer fun, four cases of the chicken pox, a short trip to Bend and helping a friend also dealing with the chicken pox postponed much of our plans.
With all the itching, scabs and drama behind us, we finally hit our local library to start our summer reading program. We are fortunate to live close to a Multnomah County Library which has a fantastic summer reading program. And by fantastic, I mean wicked cool prizes.
Audrey, my third grader, has already completed her first reading level and she was able to select from a new paperback book or a free local attraction. After about, hmmm, two seconds? she selected a pass for two Wunderland Movie Theater. The girl knows how to spot a good deal!
Now her brothers are even more motivated to continue their reading so they too can earn prizes. I also recently realized that I’ve hit one of the sweet spots in parenting — I have a child who is able (and willing!) to read to her younger siblings. I love working myself out of a job!
There are official summer reading programs happening all over the Pacific Northwest. Find your local program in our comprehensive list of Pacific Northwest Summer Reading Programs!
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