Saturday, May 25, 2013

Looking for a summer reading contest worth entering? Look no further!

I am soooo excited to share this summer reading contest with you, dear blogging friends! Exodus Books is our local source for all things homeschooling, both new and used. And the best thing is that you don't have to live locally to participate! Want to know more? Keep reading...

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

—Groucho Marx
Every year, half a bajillion local libraries offer incentive-based programs designed to get kids reading during the summer. While the aim is a good one, we've been consistently frustrated with the quality of literature and the general lack of direction. Instead of complaining about those, however, we're proud to announce we've created our own recommended reading list for grades 1-12, complete with great books and a program offering prizes to kids who participate.

The Outside a Dog Book List offers approximately 50 titles for each grade. Our list doesn't promote a liberal agenda, cater to the lowest common denominator, or present books designed to make anyone look smart. A lot of the books are classics, but just as many are Exodus Books staff favorites, designed to open the wide doors of reading to kids turned off by more standard fare. We think many of these books are a great place to kindle a love of reading, but we certainly don't want anyone thinking these are the only books to read. The only books to read are ones you buy at Exodus Books (just kidding).

Contest Dates:
June 1–August 31, 2013.

Who Can Do It?
Any student grades 1-12. Younger students may also enroll, but the booklist starts at first grade. You DO NOT NEED TO BE LOCAL. You can download the booklist via pdf, and you can email us your completed book logs. Only local customers will get the bound booklist unless you want to pay for shipping.

Happy reading!


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  1. Thanks for the book list. I'm participating in our local library's summer reading program and will probably read some of these suggestions.

    1. It's a great book list even though there are a few titles I'd likely not pick up myself. Enjoy!!


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