Everyone wants their kids to have a memorable summer. This summer, you and your kids can create lasting memories while building Christlike character. Join the 2020 Lamplighter Summer Reading Challenge! This challenge will last from May 1st through August 15th. Earn points for reading and participating in activities and watch those points turn into exciting rewards!
To download a PDF version of the activities click HERE.
How It Works
Choose a track (see below).
Gather a handful of your favorite Lamplighter books and start reading! Lamplighter offers a wide selection of rare novels, heartwarming biographies, and life-changing resources. Check out some amazing bundles HERE!
Print out the activity sheet to record your progress.
Do you have questions? Check out the FAQs page or contact us at email@example.com.
Choose Your Track
Track 1: Pre-reader Elementary Track Recommended for children who cannot yet read fluently on their own. Earn a minimum of 500 points and receive a PDF download of one of Lamplighter Theatre’s drama posters. (There is no grand prize winner for this track.)
Track 2: Literate Elementary Track Recommended for young children who can read fluently on their own. Earn a minimum of 1,500 points and receive a $25 coupon toward a Lamplighter Theatre audio drama MP3 or eBook or Poster PDF.
Track 3: Junior High Track Earn a minimum of 2,000 points and receive a $30 coupon toward a Lamplighter Theatre audio drama MP3 or eBook or Poster PDF.
Track 4: High School Track Earn a minimum of 2,500 points and receive a $35 coupon toward a Lamplighter Theatre audio drama MP3 or eBook or Poster PDF.
Track 5: Adult Track (Age 18+) Earn a minimum of 3,000 points and receive a $45 coupon toward a Lamplighter Theatre audio drama MP3 or eBook or Poster PDF.
In each track, the top three participants with the most number of points will each be awarded a grand prize. The 1st place winner for each track will receive their choice of either a year’s free membership to Lamplighter’s Audio Club (a $120 value) or a $100 Lamplighter eCertificate. The 2nd place winner will receive a $75 Lamplighter eCertificate, and the 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Lamplighter eCertificate.
The top three winners must meet the required minimum points for their track to qualify for a grand prize. (i.e. For Track 5, to qualify for one the top three prizes one must have a minimum of 3,000 points.)
Earning Points for Reading Points are awarded based on the number of pages read. Each page read in a Lamplighter book is worth 1 point. You may count the number of pages read based on the page number at the end of the book. (For example, if a book starts on page 9 and ends on 131, you count it as 131 pages read.)
Points Awarded for Activities
Each participant is awarded points for each page read in a Lamplighter book during the Summer Reading Challenge and for each activity completed. These activities are meant to encourage character traits taught in Lamplighter books. For some of these activities, we encourage parents to take a step back and challenge their children to work hard to earn the given points. However, in such cases where points are given for purchasing an item, we leave it to the parent’s discretion on how to encourage their children to earn the money for those items, which may include completing extra chores or community service in exchange for which the parent will purchase the book for the child. The purpose of such activities is to teach work ethic and the value of literature.
Please email us copies of the amazing activities you create so we can share your hard work with others: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you enjoy these activities, and we cannot wait to hear about the memories you create this summer!
Take a character comprehension quiz after you read a book (Email email@example.com to request a coupon code to download all available quizzes.)
Create a drawing, painting, or creative photo that pertains to one of the books.
Build a model from legos, Lincoln Logs, or other materials, to portray an important scene from a book.
Memorize a scripture verse found in a Lamplighter book you have read.
Find 3 friends who have never heard of Lamplighter and who would like to hear about the Lamplighter Summer Reading Challenge. Get their permission and send their names and email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org. (You will receive 50 points for every 3 friends interested in hearing from us.)
Give a Lamplighter book as a gift for a birthday or other occasion.
Read a Lamplighter book to a younger sibling. (These 50 points are in addition to the points awarded for reading the book.)
Act out a favorite scene from a book for your siblings, your parents, or others.
If your Pastor, Church Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Pastor, etc. is unfamiliar with Lamplighter, share a review of a Lamplighter book and explain why these books have had a strong influence on your life.
Read a Lamplighter biography, resource or scholar book. (These 50 points are in addition to the points awarded for reading the book.)
Read a book of the Bible. (Points are not awarded per page, but per book read.)
Read a Lamplighter book with a friend. (This may be done remotely or in person.)
Make an eye-catching book cover out of paper, fabric, or leather which portrays, in an intriguing way, an introduction to the plot of the story.
Record a short audio scene from one of the books.
Listen to the matching dramatic audio of a book you read with an elderly friend or grandparent.
Give a Lamplighter book to a friend and get them to read it.
Get your family reading a Lamplighter story together and do something to make it a memorable time. Cuddle up in the family room, make a special snack, have a picnic lunch, or take the book with you on vacation! Post on our Facebook page or email us at email@example.com so we know what kind of creative ideas you came up with! (The 100 points are only awarded to the participant who organizes the reading time. Points for each page read aloud will count toward children in the Pre-reader Elementary Track but not toward any other track. Additional points per page will count toward any other track if the participant is the one actually reading the story. This means listeners do not receive any points for this activity unless they are in the Pre-reader track.)
Buy a 2020 Lamplighter new release and read it (These 100 points are in addition to the points awarded for reading the book).
Read a biography and write a three-paragraph essay on the person you read about. Be sure to tell what made him/her great and how this person’s life inspired you. Click HERE to check out some amazing biographies. (These 150 points are in addition to the points awarded for reading the book).
Get your Sunday School class (or similar group) to listen to the matching Lamplighter Theatre dramatic audio for a book that you read. (Note: Additional points are NOT earned for listening to the drama on your own.)
Write a one-page “journal entry” on any Lamplighter book you’ve read and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t summarize the story, instead discuss the following:
How the book influenced your life?
How did the author use scripture to mold the story, and which scripture references were they?
Write a three-paragraph poem or character description of an admirable character from a Lamplighter book. Be sure to include what traits made this character admirable and how the character challenged you to be more Christlike.
Film a short scene from a Lamplighter book. For added fun, post it to your Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest page for others to see. Remember to include the following at the end of your film: Story from ___ (book title) by ___ (author). Published by Lamplighter Publishing ___ (date). All Rights Reserved. Used with permission for the 2020 Lamplighter Summer Reading Challenge.
Read a Lamplighter story to an elderly friend or grandparent. (This may be done remotely or in person, but should be done live, not as a recording.) (These 200 points are in addition to the points awarded for reading the book.)
Make a one-minute video clip reviewing your favorite Lamplighter book and email it to email@example.com or message it to us on Facebook so we may share it with others.
Sign up for the Lamplighter Book Club to receive a new Lamplighter book each month! (Click HERE for details.)
Write a three-paragraph devotional based on a lesson learned in one of the books.
Create something out of fabric, wood, metal, or a similar material that pertains to something specific in one of the books. For example: an apron, a wooden ship, a candle. (If making multiples of the exact same thing, only one of them may be counted for this activity. For example: If you make 12 candles for the book Candle in the Window, you may only count that as one activity for 200 points.)
Read a Lamplighter story to a shut-in or to someone in a nursing home that is not a grandparent. (This may be done remotely or in person, but should be done live, not as a recording.) (These 250 points are in addition to the points awarded for reading the book.)
Get a friend to sign up for the Lamplighter book club to receive a new Lamplighter book each month! (Click HERE for details.)
Use a Lamplighter resource to share the gospel with someone who does not yet know the Lord.
Start a reading club with a minimum of 3 local friends (not siblings who are still living at home with you) willing to read and discuss Lamplighter books together. Meet at least three times this summer and read and discuss at least three stories together. (These 300 points are in addition to the points awarded for reading each book).
As you can see, there are a lot of options for earning points with Lamplighter books this summer! Lamplighter reserves the right to use any entry in part or in full for advertising purposes.
Submit your activity sheets no later than August 15, 2020 by clicking HERE. Please submit all activity sheets at one time. When you submit your activity sheets and projects, please send us your feedback and let us know if you have any ideas for next year!
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