2014 Reading Program Sign-Up

2014 Reading Program Sign-Up

Current Retail Price: $5.00
Please include the name and grade of each student you sign up in the order comments. The grade can be either the one they're finishing or advancing to next. We needthis information to create their digital book logs, and we'll contact you if it's not provided!

In 2013, we offered our first summer reading program, and we were thrilled with the response we got. Over 400 kids signed up, nearly 250 completed the minimum reading, and over 100 kids reached the contest goals. Many parents (and students) commented that they enjoyed the reading list and appreciated that the prizes were based on merit. So, we want to do it again!

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 (and others) are often frustrated with the quality of literature available. Our goal is to help raise the bar.

As a result, weare happy to offer our own recommended reading list.The Outside of a Dog Book List offers 50+ titles for each grade. Full of genuine classics and family favorites, it doesn't promote a liberal agenda, cater to the lowest common denominator, or present books designed to make anyone look smart. It's a list meant simply to open the wide doors of reading to kids turned off by more standard fare, to help kindle a love of reading.

From the feedback we received last year, we've digitally updated Outside of a Dog for 2014. We've added a read-aloud section for preschool & kindergartners, adjusted a few grade level suggestions, removed a few books and added others, and even offer some suggested fiction & non-fiction for adults. We've focused on adding more "girl-friendly" books, and more lesser-known titles. Plus, we've incorporated links to tons of resources scattered throughout our (admittedly overwhelming) website.

Who Can Do It? Any student grades 1-12. Preschool and kindergarten readers may also sign up, butthey will be enrolled as first graders.YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE LOCAL.You can downloadthe free booklistvia pdf, and your book logs can be completed online.

Cost:$5 per participant.If you sign up online,please include each child's name and grade in the order comments(we'll be calling if you don't!). You are under no obligation to buy a single book from us, but we will email a coupon code to registrants early in July. Students must enroll by August 15th, and no refunds for the program will be given after that date.

The booklist is free, but you can also purchase a printed copy of last year's version ofOutside of a Dog($3 each—sales of thiswill help fund the prizes).

  • Read at least five books from Outside of a Dog(grade level or above).
    Each participant who does that will receive one $5 gift certificate to Exodus and one entry into the grand prize drawing. If you don't read five books from the list, you will NOT be entered into the drawing, but we will still happily award a certificate.
  • Keep reading, and you'll have more chances to win.
    Each book read beyond the first five nets you an additionalentry to the grand prize drawing, but...
  • Additional booksmust be from our website and be grade appropriate.
    Your student's digital booklog will verify that the book is on the site and appropriatefor their grade level. If you read a book that does not register and think we should list it, pleaselet us know by July 31so we can decide whether to include it.
  • Kids must READ the books themselves.
    Audio books and read-alouds, while wonderful things,are not the same experience. We realize this doesn't allowsome younger kids to participate—but this program is not intended for pre-readers.If youneedan exception for special circumstances, please call.
  • High school students must read two non-fiction titles.
    The other three are up to them.
  • The books must beUNABRIDGED.
    No exceptions
  • Record your reading!
    Each registrant will receive access to a digital book log. Pleaserecord the titles you read and rate the books there. Everything posted from June 1st to August 31 will count towards final numbers. If you can't access it, download the printable book log, fill that out and submit it by mail or in person before August 31.
  • Parents: PLEASE confirm your students actually read the books!

Everyone who reads 5 books from their grade levelwill receive a $5 gift certificate to Exodus. Local kids 12 and under will also get a prize from the Clackamas Old Spaghetti Factory.

Grades 1-6

  • Read 25 books and get a $10 certificate to Exodus.
  • There will beone $50 grand prize for most books read.

Grades 7-12

  • Read 5000 pages and get a $15 certificate to Exodus
  • There will beone $50 grand prize for most pages read.
  • High school (9th-12th grade) students will also be eligible to win the prize from Roman Roads media: a set of the Old Western Culture: The Greeks DVD course (a $200 value!)

There will beone $75 grand prize random drawing
This will include all participants who have read the five book minimum or more (other grand prize winners are ineligible).

Important!! Prizes will be awarded via emailed gift certificates on the second Friday of September (or as close to that as possible). They cannot be awarded before.

We are currently funding all the gift certificates, but we would love help! If you would like to help sponsor gift certificates or donate other prizes, please give us a call. Sponsors will receive advertising in the reading program emails.If you have questions, please give us a call at 503-655-1951.

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  Summer Reading Program
Sonila of Hillsboro, OR, 8/3/2014
We have really enjoyed reading through the age appropriate list and then some. It has been so much fun to see our daughter read book after book and then listen to why she liked the story so much.
Thank you so much for putting this program together and for all the time and effort it took, it is well appreciated in our household!
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Esther of NC, 7/28/2014
Thanks so much Exodus for a great reading list. My children are thoroughly enjoying searching out the books and finding some new authors to read. It is such a joy to see them looking forward to reading time each day.
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Jennifer of Bellingham, WA, 5/26/2014
I am so excited about the summer reading program, but have a suggestion. I have two children who are older now but have cerebral palsy. In light of that I have many, many friends who have physical disabilities or friends who's children have motor and visual issues which prohibit them from reading a book in the traditional way, and those who are able to see and follow text often cannot independently read books at their grade and interest level. Would you consider inserting a clause to consider applicants for the program on an individual basis who could use assistive technology to read their books?