Summer Reading Challenge Finale: Readers, Writers and…Winners


It’s been a fun couple of months during our Summer Reading Challenge, and my family has enjoyed reading along with you all.  We’re taking next week off to prepare for the upcoming months, but before we do, we want to say thanks for all your support during the read along.

We are very excited about improving the read along for next summer, so don’t forget to fill out our short survey to give us your feedback.  And again, THANK YOU for joining us this summer.


Did your kids read 5 out of our list of 100 Great Adventure Books for Kids over this summer?  If so, let us know in the comments, and they’ll be entered to win our final $25 Gift Card.  You’ve got until midnight, July 31st!


We are also happy to announce the winners of our Summer Reading Challenge Writing Contest!  We chose three winners this time:

Charlotte, age 5:

Virgina, age 8: Raft Adventure

Jean Louise, age 10: Big Rock Camp

Congratulations, ladies!  And thank you again to all who participated in our Summer Reading Challenge!  We hope you’ll join us again next year!

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14 Responses to Summer Reading Challenge Finale: Readers, Writers and…Winners

  1. DL August 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Wow! I just came back from vacation to find this! What a double treat – it was so great for my girls to read the books you listed and then now to win is so amazing. Thank you for this blog, a great summer reading list, and now the gift card!

  2. Kim August 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Thanks so much, Emily! Now I can tell my kids they didn’t win without feeling guilty. :) We have really enjoyed the books we won!

  3. Emily August 13, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Kim, Not to worry, I threw your name in the pot. But the winner of the giveaway was DL! Congrats, DL! I’ll send you an email asap.

  4. Kim August 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    For what it’s worth, they did read five from the list and are still reading…

  5. Kim August 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Ugh, I thought we had till the end of August. My kids are not going to be happy with me for missing the deadline. :(

  6. Pat July 31, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    It might be easier to list the ones they did not read! Patti and Reudie are avid readers who devour books. Rickie, Pansi, and Penni read more slowly, but also benefit from frequent read-alouds by Patti and Mom. That was a great list, and altho the read-along has ended, I am sure we will finish tackling the rest of the list before summer is up.

    Thank you so much for all you do.

  7. DL July 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Both of my girls read 5 books each from your list and loved each book. Thank you so much for the Summer Reading List. It was so helpful!

  8. Jessica B. July 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    My daughter listened to the audio or me reading 5 of the titles.
    jesslburke (At) hotmail (dot) com

  9. Jessica B. July 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    My son read 5 of the titles.

  10. Michelle F July 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Serena, John, Grace and Kara all finished the reading challenge. We enjoyed The Light Princess, Prince’s Poison Cup, and Pilipintos Happiness together. They each enjoyed reading additional books on their own. Serena really like The Middle of Somewhere and Cheaney’s other book My Friend the Enemy. Island of the Blue Dolphins is one of her favorite also. John loved that there were Graphic Novels on the list. He loves The Adventures of TinTin. He also enjoyed Around the World. Grace enjoyed Betsy-Tacy which a friend had recently given her and Owls in the Family. She loved listening to Dr. DoLittle and thinks it would be great to be a vet and actually talk to the animals. Kara enjoyed lots of the early readers like Madeline, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa, Hot Air and Toot and Puddle.

    Thank you for doing this. I like having the list of great books to suggest to them. :)

  11. Hannah July 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I have read five books off your list. my favorite was Wind in the Willows.

  12. Joey E July 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    My son Elijah read 5 of these books.

  13. Marijo July 27, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    My 12yo daughter Abigail, my 8yo daughter Beatrix, and my 6yo daughter Charlotte each read at least five of the seven main recommended titles. Thank you for hosting the challenge. We enjoyed it and look forward to more of your reading challenges!

  14. Marlo July 26, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Thanks for such a great selection! My two boys, Isaac and Ethan, really enjoyed the reading, and completed the seven recommended reads . Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was a favorite of both. I also enjoyed the discussion questions you offered to get their feedback on the books. It was a great opportunity. I hope you do it next year!

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