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A Penny for Your Books


Pennies are the stepping stones to a special place on this homemade map, but it takes reading, not walking, to get there.
  • The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
  • Reading
    • 1-2
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
  • Multiple
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Play

MATERIALS: Posterboard, crayons or felt pens, pennies, cellophane tape.

With your children, draw a rough map of your neighborhood, town, city block, or other area that includes both your home or school and one or more reward destinations, such as a museum, park, or movie theater. Draw in a few landmarks along the way, but don't worry about placing them exactly. For each book a child reads, tape a penny on the map on the direct route from your home or school to a reward destination (head for one at a time). When your child reaches the destination, make sure to take the children to that reward destination. The pennies, meanwhile, can go into a piggy bank to help purchase the next children's book.

A Penny for Your Books