Kicking off Wonder and Wander’s Summer Fun Bucket List is one of the most important things school-age children can do all summer long.


Hello again, it’s me, Elizabeth! As a former first-grade teacher, I’ve witnessed the impact of summer reading loss far too many times. Just 20 minutes of reading per day during summer break can help children maintain their reading levels heading into the next school year. The key is to make it fun and find topics your child enjoys. 

Here at Wonder and Wander, we can’t think of a more exciting and engaging way to dive into the fun of reading than the Jackson District Library’s Summer Reading Program! It’s free for all participants and gets underway on June 1. They even offer a “baby” version of the Summer Reading Program for children ages 0-3. Oh, and did we mention there are prizes?! For more information, head over to JDL’s Beanstack Page.

Participants can choose a free book just for signing up! So, be sure to visit your local library branch right after you enroll. We love the Eastern Branch located on East Michigan Ave. Children can also pick up a badge book to track their summer reading adventures!

Photo Courtesy of Jackson District Library’s Facebook Page

“Big” has participated in this program for a few years now and we have found that logging his reading time on the Beanstack Program could not be easier. You aren’t required to input any information other than the date you read and for how long. We love how simple it is! And guess what? Every 4 hours of reading earns your little one an entry into that prize drawing.

After you’ve got some hours logged, leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite book is. We’d love to connect and can’t wait to hear all about the cool stories you’re finding at the library. Maybe we’ll even see you there!

Happy reading, friends!

Child sits on a chair at the library with a book on his lap and filled books shelves all around.
We’re just a little bit partial to the Eastern Branch location.

For more information on Wonder and Wander’s Summer Fun Bucket List, click here

Summer Fun Bucket List: JDL’S Summer Reading Program

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