We developed a summer reading program we're calling Berean's (name of our church) Book Bingo.
We have three groups - Beginner (3-gr. 2), Intermediate (gr. 3-6) and Teen (gr. 6-12). I made a different Bingo card for each group; the first two have 25 squares and the Teen card has 20. In each square three there is a different genre or category of book, for example for the Beginner one it includes, among others, Animal story, Bible story, Easy Reader, Author A-D, etc. The others include things like non-fiction, classic, mystery, biography, chapter of the Bible, etc. When the child completes a row or column, they get a prize, and when they finish the whole card they get a slightly better prize.
They also track how many pages they've read, and how many minutes they've read (although the Teens only do pages). At the end we'll give a prize for most pages and most minutes in each of the age groups.
Adults can also sign up - either to read aloud, or to read for themselves. There will be a prize for each of those categories, too.
At the end, we'll have an ice cream party and give out the "most whatever" prizes. For prizes, we have a couple of grab baskets full of trinkets from Oriental Trading that little kids love, and we have spent months getting coupons from area businesses. Some are worth a lot (ie Subway gave us 10 coupons, each good for a 6" sub) and others are smaller (ie a kid/s cone at Ritter's) so we're doling them out appropriately according to age and accomplishment.
We began our sign-ups this past Sunday, and will continue for two more weeks. Then the reading program officially begins on June 7, which is when participants can pick up their Bingo cards and reading records, and start reading. The program will run through August 2, and we'll have our end-of-program ice cream party on the 3rd.
We've never done anything like this before and I'm curious to see how it works out! I'm pretty happy with how it all came together and I hope our families enjoy it.