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Encourage Summer Reading – The iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge

PBS KIDS is teaming up with iVillage for the iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge and we’re so excited to join in on all the fun. In fact, this summer we plan to keep reading an important part of our daily routine. Being an early reader it is very important that my husband and I both encourage Kaila to keep reading. She already enjoys chapter books but I want to be sure she’s more than prepared for second grade in the fall. Being an advanced reader already I want to keep encouraging her.

This is where iVillage makes it fun!  The iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge begins June 18 and features free literacy-building resources for parents and children designed by the experts at PBS Parents and PBS KIDS. Challenge Coach, Angela Santomero, Creator, Executive Producer and Head Writer of SUPER WHY!, will provide daily reading activity assignments, answer parent questions and offer advice throughout the online event.

Additionally, PBS KIDS will offer other summer literacy resources on-air and online, with themed weeks airing on PBS KIDS, as well as online tips and resources for parents to use with their children this summer.

We wanted to encourage the young readers in our life and had a fun sleepover where the girls all had fun with their new goodies from iVillage and PBS Kids.

Thee girls had a lot of fun with the activities that we were sent, and they love things like word searches which help build on vocabulary and spelling. It’s a fun way to keep kids learning throughout the summer. We’re the type of parents that always work with our child out of school but all too often during the summer months kids can get out of the habit. Learning and having fun are some of the best ways to keep kids excited about learning and reading!

Thanks to PBS Kids for providing us with party supplies, activities and some wonderful new chapter books for our family and our friends!


  1. Felicia on June 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

    We had so much fun with our friends and I love that they are offering 6 weeks of activities!

  2. Naomi on June 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This looks like so much fun! We love PBS Kids.

  3. shelly peterson on June 17, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Thanks for sharing this info. I had already planned to work with my son with his reading and writing as he is a little behind in this. For some reason he doesn’t like to read and has struggled in it. He does very well in math and science but reading and writing is the core of everything. So he will be reading everyday this summer before he gets to go outside and play.

  4. Sandy VanHoey on June 17, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I love that they are doing this. I use to take my kids to the library so often when they were little. They loved picking out their own books to read and to this day, they love to read. My youngest daughter has a book with her at all times so when she gets a break, she reads. Te girls party looked fun and at the same time, so good for them. Great parents y’all are!