Baker Book House Offers Summer Reading Programs for Kids, Adults

Written by Ann Byle on . Posted in Local

bakerBaker Book House jumps into its Children's Summer Reading Program with a bang this year. The Adventures in Michigan program runs June 1-August 26 and features a wide array of activities and prizes.

"The program is all about promoting literacy at an early age, to encourage kids to read and love books," said Darron Schroeder, assistant manager at Baker Book House.

This year's program puts special emphasis on the state of Michigan, with at least seven Michigan authors visiting the story for special programs. Authors include Glenys Nellist, Crystal Bowman, Gary Bower, Laurie Keller, Tracy Madder, Kenneth Kraegel and Katie Newell.

The store will host several family-friendly movies each week, Thursday story times, and weekly drawings for prizes. Special ticketed events such as themed parties—Princess, Rescue Vehicles, Cars, etc—are also planned, as is a huge end-of-program party on Aug. 26.

Summer Reading Program brochures can be picked up at the store, with sign-up available there or through the Baker Book House Facebook page. Instagram and Twitter (#adventuresinmichigan, #writteninthemitten) also provide information. Weekly emails will provide event information, a reading challenge and a Bible verse children can memorize and repeat at the store for prizes.

"We're excited to offer children a great way to enjoy books and reading throughout the summer," said Schroeder. "We love to engage with children and their parents this way."

Each week features a reader challenge based on cities throughout Michigan. For each challenge completed, kids fill out a ticket to be placed in a weekly drawing for books and other kid-friendly products.

Kids can also track the minutes they read each week, with totals for June, July and August. They can earn up to $40 for 150 hours read.

Last year more than 800 children signed up for the program; this year he looks for 800 to 1,000.

Baker Book House also offers Love Books?, the 2017 Adult Reading Program running June 1-August 31. Adults read six books chosen from 18 categories to receive a free ceramic travel mug and free coffee refills at the Baker Beanery for the rest of the year. Sign up in the store or through the Baker Book House Facebook page.
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Ann Byle
Ann Byle is a freelance writer and owner of AB Writing Services. She writes for a number of publications including WMCN, Publishers Weekly, CBA Christian Market and Grand Rapids Magazine, and is author or coauthor of several books including The Baker Book House Story, The Call to Care: A Compassionate Response to Caring for Vulnerable Children (2018) and Christian Publishing 101 (2018). She and her husband Ray, a science teacher, have four young adult children.

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