Church Summer Reading Programs for Children
By: Kristin Charles
Libraries all over the nation conduct summer reading programs, so why shouldn’t we? There is a plethora of quality literature out there and children looking for something to do. All they need is a little encouragement!
You Choose the Program
They could bring in their books to briefly share with the class or teacher. For every two books, the child would get a ticket for a prize jar. Names would be drawn every Sunday and new prizes would be displayed for the next week.
A more involved program might take place on a different day of the week (either morning or evening, depending on staffing). This program might include dramatic book readings, finger plays and active rhymes for younger children, songs of worship, a brief message, a game, and/or a craft activity to correlate with the selected literature.
Children would also need time in the church’s library to select new books for the following week. Tickets in prize jars can also serve as rewards for this program. This option would have to be well-advertised so that it’s worth all the effort!
Inquire with amusement parks, local play centers, water parks, gymnastics studios, tae kwon do studios, kids’ clothing stores, bike stores, or other retail establishments.
Save any bigger prizes for the final raffle, but advertise them the entire time. For each book read, the students can receive one ticket to put in the last raffle boxes. There should be one big ticket winner for each age level.
Just remember to have fun, create energy, and utilize the Bible. After all, it’s the best book we’ve got!
Kristin Charles writes for www.Ministry-To-Children.com, a resource started by Tony Kummer to solve children's ministry problems.