My colleague, Michelle at Literacy Learning Zone, and I decided to try something new this summer to encourage the students at our elementary school to keep reading.
At the end of the school year, we showed the whole school a Prezi that I made called "Where will we catch you reading?" I borrowed the idea from Mr. Schu and Shannon Miller of Two Libraries, One Voice. We asked students to have someone take a photo (or draw a picture) of them reading somewhere interesting this summer. We're hoping that many students take part in this project, and we plan to post their pictures on a bulletin board in the fall.
We also sent a mailing to our resource students that included an issue of "Summer Reading News" we authored and a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Last year I wrote letters to students and invited them to write me back, but I didn't give them a way to do this. This year, we made blank 4x6 cards into postcards, including our mailing address and a postcard stamp (only 29 cents!). I figured if I gave the students postcards with a stamp all they had to do was find a mailbox!