I’m lucky that my kids adore reading. I never had to sit down with a timer and convince them to read just until it goes off. I know there are plenty of parents who do, and I love businesses like Meatheads that find ways to encourage reading. I was invited to a local Meatheads restaurant to hear about the kickoff over the Meatheads summer Voracious Reading Program, and they were kind enough to also give me some gift cards so we can come back and enjoy more Meatheads – and more books!
Our library has a reading program, as well, that offers books to kids who read. Offering a Little Meatheads burger is definitely more motivating for many kids, however. While this program runs all year round (and trust me, we’ve taken advantage of it before, much to the wee ones’ delight!), there is a big focus in the summer, when school is out and many kids do less reading.
This is the fifth year in a row that Meatheads (founded in 2007) has hosted a summer reading program. From now until late August, kids 13 and under can fill out a form to show the five books they’ve read, and parents sign off to verify the reading. Simply turn it in to your local Meatheads for a free Little Meatheads burger, up to a $4.50 value.
The wee ones love their food. Mister Man love that he can make his own burger with plenty of toppings to choose from. His favorite? He’s created a Little Meatheads burger topped with cheddar cheese and a pineapple ring. It may not be my choice, but he loves it. I end up with a different burger each time.
Of course, there are also hot dogs and chicken, as well as salads to choose from. Little Miss and I adore their Cajun fries that aren’t too spicy, while Mister Man sticks with the regular ones. And their shakes? Yum! Everything is made to order, and the one time our order was wrong, the manager was over the top apologetic. Service is a hallmark of Meatheads, which explains why the Meatheads Summer Voracious Reading Program goes beyond just earning a free burger for kids.
There are events throughout the summer at the different locations with book tours where kids can enjoy a storytime and craft with their favorite characters, book authors, and even bloggers. And yep, kids earn a free Little Meatheads burger for attending each event, as well. Though the Meatheads Summer Voracious Reading program is open to kids 13 and under, the book tour events are aimed more at kids 10 and under (not that they’d turn you away).
The next event is happening this Saturday June 20 from 10-11am at the Northbrook Meatheads location where the storytime will focus on Follow that Bee!, and there will also be a craft with Beth Engelman of Shoestrings and Peace who is leading the event that day. You can find the book tour schedule with all events occurring on Saturdays this summer from 10-11am. (Schedule is subject to change)
Additionally, if you share about the books your voracious reader is enjoying with the hashtag #voraciousreader, you are entered to win 4 passes to the Shedd Aquarium and a $50 Meatheads gift card. There are six entries that will be randomly selected and awarded the passes. You do have to be 18 or older to win, but no purchase is necessary. Start sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest now until August 1, 2015.
I also have a $25 Meatheads gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Check out the Rafflecopter widget below for details, but I’m thrilled I can share some of the fun of the Meatheads Summer Voracious Reading Program with you!
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