Reading Rewards Blog

Top 10 Reasons Why Books Make the Best Gifts

By |December 9th, 2013|

Still looking for the perfect gifts for those hard-to-please people on your list? Don’t worry, so are we! But one of our favourite holiday stops for shopping has always been the bookstore.
Here are 10 top reasons to make sure there are lots of books under the tree this year!

Reading is Reading… Right?

By |October 25th, 2013|

Guest post by Serge Alalouf, an Honorary Professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Having raised two daughters, Alalouf grappled with the challenge of stimulating their interest in reading. His unorthodox approach sparked criticism, which prompted this post.
Some weeks ago I asked myself why some children are avid […]

Back to School Checklist For Reading Rewards

By |August 2nd, 2013|

My middle guy came to me today with a look of horror on his face. Concerned, I asked him what was wrong. He responded, with a look I could only describe as devastated: “I just saw a back to school commercial. Didn’t summer just begin??”

Although it does feel as […]

The reward *IS* in the reading

By |July 28th, 2013|

A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon a teacher’s blog with a post that expressed considerable concern about the Reading Rewards premise. That reading should be for fun, and not ‘funds’.

I absolutely agree.

I started Reading Rewards a few years ago, when my two boys, then aged 8 and […]

Reader Demo of Reading Rewards

By |May 11th, 2013|

This short video gives you a quick guided tour of Reading Rewards, from the perspective of a reader.

Exciting Changes Coming Soon!

By |May 9th, 2013|

Some of you may have noticed a different look to our blog as well as our Facebook page. Over the past few months, Carole and I have been working very hard on a brand-new version of Reading-Rewards that we will be rolling out on May 25th, 2013!


It’s been a […]

Top picks for your kids this holiday season

By |November 22nd, 2011|

November isn’t even over and one of my younger son’s favorite activities of late is ‘working on his Christmas list’. This involves browsing the websites of ToysRUs, Amazon, BestBuy and other online retailers for the best of the best in electronics and gaming. Sigh!

Not surprising.

A recent Nielsen poll suggests […]

Top picks for a reluctant reader boy

By |November 14th, 2011|

We’ve had a couple of reading a-ha moments lately that I just had to share. While my older guy has gotten hooked on The Hunger Games trilogy (he’s reading Mockingjay at the moment), and finishes any book he starts whether he enjoys it or not as a matter of […]

Helping kids understand 7 billion people

By |October 31st, 2011|

According to UN calculations, the world’s population is expected to reach 7 billion sometime today, October 31, 2011.

That’s an incredible number, one that’s hard for even adults to wrap their heads around. But what about kids? When I told my boys about this milestone, I could see they were […]

My kid's got the Assigned Reading Blues

By |October 30th, 2011|

My kids are finishing up their mid-term break this weekend, and it’s been great fun for them. They’ve had fabulous outings with grandparents, play dates with friends, and chilling-out time with us at the cottage.

My younger guy, however, has had a little black cloud hanging over his head for […]