What’s the best kids’ club this summer?

26 November 2019

Wondering how to keep the kids busy this summer?

How about joining one of most popular (and free!) summer clubs that Queensland has to offer?!

Yep, the Summer Reading Club returns this summer, and they have a bundle of prize packs to give away to little readers across the region.

The concept is simple: Register for the program and set up your account, read anything (they can be books, comics or magazines) and complete as many challenges as you can. For every day you read or every challenge you do, log your activities throughout the summer. The more you read, the more entries you have into the draw!

Why take part in the Summer Reading Club?

The prize packs are naturally the biggest drawcard for kids to get involved in the Summer Reading Club. But there is much more to it than fun prizes! The Summer Reading Club is designed to target the ‘Summer Slide’ – the loss of academic gains made during the school year. Research has shown that children who don’t read over the summer break can experience considerable reading losses, which can equate to up to a one-month gap by the time they return to school. In simple terms, when children go back to school they spend a significant portion of time trying to catch up again – time which is hard to regain. Reading for fun is a simple (and free) way to avoid that regression.

With plenty of time away from the classroom and none of the dull home readers in sight, the long summer break is the perfect opportunity to rekindle a love for reading in your child. They can choose their own books, adventure into imaginary worlds, read non-fiction, comics, joke books, or fantasy novels. On their terms and without the pressures of school, reading can become something they enjoy.

If children are to process the huge amount of information they will be met with as adults, it’s never been more essential for them to develop advanced literacy skills. Plus, reading has a plethora of other benefits, including:

  • Increased vocabulary
  • Improved writing
  • Improved empathy and greater understanding of cultures
  • Increased critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Improved academic success
  • Increased decision-making

How to take part in the Summer Reading Club

This year, Sunshine Coast Libraries is running their own version of the Summer Reading Club, with all entries recorded through an app and a great collection of prize packs.

“This year we have new software called Beanstack that kids must register in to keep record of their reading, submit reviews and do a bunch of challenges to win more entries into the prize packs,” explained Karen Gawen, Young People’s Services Supervisor from Sunshine Coast Council.

“Beanstack has an app that they can download onto their device. They just need to add Sunshine Coast Libraries as their library, create an account then start logging their reading and complete challenges!”

Prizes to win:

  • Big book voucher – a voucher to your local bookstore and a bundle of awesome books.
  • LEGO® prize pack – a stack of bricks and things to help you become a Master Builder.
  • Craft prize pack – a jumbo creation pack filled with crafting goodies.
  • Robot prize pack – a Sammy the first coding robot bundle.
  • Adventure park prize – an escape to a world of outdoor adventure.

Bonus prizes are also up for grabs. 

The Summer Reading Club is led by State Library, in partnership with the Australian Public Library Alliance (ALIA), the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) and state and participating public libraries across Australia. It is a free public program for children, young people and families and runs nationally in libraries and online from 1 December to 31 January each year.

All Summer Reading Club entries close on Friday 31 January 2020 at 5pm.

Happy reading!

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