We have a lot of books at our house and usually read before each nap (still two a day, woohoo!) and bedtime and sometimes other times as well.
Earlier in the summer my mom suggested that we do the summer reading program at the library with David. I kind of thought that was for kids who were reading books like these
but I am so glad I got over my feeling silly and signed him up.
Because . . .
I learned that my little fourteen month old can help these guys
Isn't that amazing??!!!!
You see, the summer reading program goes like this
For every 20 minutes the bigger kids read or every 2 picture books the littler kids read, they get to color in a circle (here I thought I was going to have to write down a pageful of titles, authors, ISBNs . . . )
Simple coloring and thanks to the crayons Jenny gave him for his birthday, I discovered that he can actually color and he really likes it! So fun!
Anyway, you keep coloring circles and the first prize along the path is a coupon book for places about town, the second is a frisbee and the third is a book and bookmark.
But . . .
at the library they had a table set up with all kinds of different GRAND PRIZES!
There were tickets to baseball games, a ball popper for babies, etc. but the one that grabbed hold of me and made me so excited to get home and get to reading was
The librarians had the awesome idea to make one of the grand prizes for reading even more books a donation of a flock of chickens through Heifer International.
How cool is that?!!
I just love it and told them so and they thanked me and said they weren't sure how it would go over.
I love that my sweet little boy who doesn't even know about poverty yet or the fact that there are different countries in the world can read books with his Mama and Daddy and Nana and anyone else who wants to sit down with him for a few minutes and in return he can participate in feeding children, parents, a family in a village who will be able to pass it along to another family and so on.
Now THAT is exciting stuff!
Thank you librarians in the Pikes Peak Library District!
If you are local, please consider joining in the summer reading program and make a big difference in the life of others as you share such a simple thing with your kids. Even if you think that you don't have enough time left, we are nearly through with coloring in our chart and ready to start on the Bonus Reading chart that will earn the chickens without hardly trying. You can do it!
If you don't live here I encourage you to share this idea with your local library. I think it's a wonderful idea as most of our homes really don't need another "thingamajig".
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
edited to add: I did not realize that the chickens and all of the grand prizes were a drawing. That's how it works so I guess only one flock of chickens will be donated, one set of baseball tickets given out, etc. but that is still so cool that chickens will be donated. It's only $20 to donate a flock of chickens so maybe we'll just donate some ourselves whether we win the drawing or not.