2 01, 2017

And The Winner Is…


A SPECIAL THANK YOU to everybody who submitted a video to our MAGIC of RIK contest. We saw and heard some amazing stories about how RIK, combined with a great book, creates an irresistible reading experience for children – even if they don't like to read. Because the stories were so compelling, we had a hard [...]

2 03, 2016

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! March 2nd is finally here, and let me tell you why I’m so excited about it! Today marks two important events for book lovers both young and old. The first event to celebrate today is NEA’s Read Across America. The NEA’s Read Across America is an annual program that calls for [...]

8 02, 2016

Blind Date With a Book-Fun Reading Activities For Kids


Blind Date With a Book—Fun Reading Activities For Kids Children love going on "date night" with a parent, and it’s no secret they love surprises. So why not combine the two and have some fun with the popular Blind Date With a Book concept to make reading a fun adventure for your children and their friends. How Does [...]

13 01, 2016

Books to Teach Kids About MLK and Civil Rights


Books to Teach Kids About MLK and Civil Rights Looking for some great books you can use to teach your children about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement? Here are some of the titles I used in my school library to teach about this important time in our history. It’s a list [...]

19 11, 2015

Grateful? Put a Penny in Your Shoe


Grateful? Put a Penny in Your Shoe In my elementary school library, it became a tradition the week before Thanksgiving to put a penny in my shoe and invite the children who visited the library to do the same. The challenge: Keep the penny in your shoe while you are wearing it until Thanksgiving [...]

7 11, 2015

11 Things to Teach Children About Veterans Day – November 11th


11 Things to Teach Children About Veterans Day – November 11th The first week of November, during my library lessons, I would ask the children what important day is coming up this month? They would always respond, “Thanksgiving.” I would tell them that there is another important day besides Thanksgiving that happens on November [...]

12 10, 2015

Reading with Dad


Reading with Dad We had a conversation recently with a dad who used a Reading Incentive Kit™ as he read Ready Freddy! Camping Catastrophe! by Abby Klein to his four-year-old son. Because of other commitments, they missed reading together one night.  The son was upset and insisted they read together the next morning before [...]

10 10, 2015

Foster Independent Reading in Children


“My kids have had a blast reading with the Reading Incentive Kits. I have used these with 4 of my children and all have benefitted. My older, experienced readers have become more active readers because of these kits. They think more about what they are reading, make connections to the story and characters they read [...]

8 10, 2015

Reading Motivation – the Easy Way


In this RIK Reader Success Story, Janessa shares how a Reading Incentive Kit makes reading motivation easy. “I have a daughter who is an avid reader. The kits provided enrichment materials that helped her engage with books in a fun, new way.  I have a son who is more of a reluctant reader. I rarely [...]

5 10, 2015

Developing a love of reading with fun


We all know it. Motivation from in front with a carrot is much better than from behind with a whip. The same principle applies to parents who want to instill in their children a love of reading. Elementary school librarian, Paula Ruesch recognized that principle and started a successful summer book camp for 2nd to [...]