Four summer reading contests for children have been launched as part of Gov. Susana Martinez’s Summer Reading Challenge.
The programs are sponsored by a variety of statewide community partners and offer prizes for participating students and winners.
“The summer reading challenges are designed to stop the ‘summer slide,’ where students often lose a portion of their reading proficiency during the summer months and must catch up on their skills when they return to school in August,” the governor’s office said in a news release.
Three of the reading challenges are new. The fourth is an existing summer reading program which the state is joining as a partner, the governor’s news release said.
Students who read six books will receive a few small prizes, and those who choose to read an additional six books (and in some cases, submit a short write-up) will receive further awards and be eligible to win a grand prize.
Details about each reading challenge and more information, including downloadable versions of each contest’s reading log, can be found online at the state Public Education Department website: www.readingchallenge.ped.state.nm.us
Information can also be found at many local libraries.