The 20th Annual Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is going on now through September 6th! This time-honored program encourages children to engage their imaginations all summer long and earn a free book by completing a reading journal.
Families in Durham can visit Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint (8030 Renaissance Parkway Suite 855) to participate! In order to earn a free book, children must read three books and answer at least three questions in the reading journal. Then they can bring their completed journal to Barnes & Noble-Southpoint or any location between now and September 6 to select their free book.
Additionally, in celebration of the 20th anniversary, Barnes & Noble is launching a special Summer Reading Triathlon. The new Triathlon will allow young readers to vote for their favorite heroes and places from a selection of contenders curated by Barnes & Noble Booksellers that will be displayed at stores nationwide. Voting runs from June 4 through August 21. The local and national winners will be announced at a special closing ceremony on August 27 at 11am at Barnes & Noble-Southpoint.
This Summer Reading Program works to combat what is known as summer learning loss. When children aren’t in school, they forget crucial skills they learned during the year – at least a month of reading achievement, on average. This is particularly detrimental for children from low-income families. With limited access to books and other academic opportunities in the summer, it is estimated that summer learning loss accounts for 80% of the income-based achievement gap.
We partner with Barnes & Noble-Southpoint every year during our Holiday Book Drive, and are happy to call them our partners in Durham’s early literacy efforts! For more information on the Summer Reading Program and to get a journal, customers should visit BN.com/SummerReading or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at Barnes & Noble-Southpoint.