This is a portion of this month’s Veritas Press epistula.
For many of us there are fond memories of summer reading contests, where you could win a prize for doing something that you already loved. Reading has always been a part of my life. You have heard the old adage that books are your best friends, and that was definitely the case for me. Growing up in Miami, I was at the beach quite often, and my favorite thing was sitting on the beach reading a new book for a day. Even now when we go on vacation, one of the first things that I google before going are used book shops. I will ask my poor husband to drive an hour out of the way in hopes of finding that one perfect book. Our shelves are full of those treasured finds. Recently, a good friend of mine was looking for books to interest one of her children. I went to the shelves and found some books that I had read as a child. They were yellowed from age, and some were no longer in print, but I was sure they would pique his interest. I dropped off my treasure, and the next week at church he ran up to me to share about Mad Scientists’ Club, and we now had a treasure to share. That’s how books are: they cause a common bond that crosses any age difference.
This summer Veritas Press is sponsoring a reading contest. It begins immediately and continues through September 15, 2008. Click here to download a reading chart to track your student’s progress. We only ask that you as parents or teachers verify what the children have read, and then after they have met their goals, complete the online entry form. Please encourage them to read good literature, not just look for a book that meets the page count criteria.
Veritas Press Reading Contest Rules
1. Reading Quantity
a.K – 2nd Grade: 40 Easy Readers (ex., Frog and Toad are Friends)
b.3rd & 4th Grades: 25 books at least 125 pages (ex., The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
c. 5th & 6th Grades: 25 books at least 150 pages (ex., Treasure Island)
d.7th – 12th Grades: 25 books at least 200 pages (ex., The Fellowship of the Ring)
2. Entries must be submitted online by 5:00 PM EDT, September 15, 2008.
3. The first 250 submissions in each age division will be given a $10 gift certificate.
4. A drawing will be held from all submissions and will be announced in the October epistula. There will be three winners from the drawing.
a. $150 First Prize
b. $100 Second Prize
c. $70 Third Prize