BJU Press

Rules & Requirements

Please see the official rules for complete details on the administration of the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

Rules & Requirements | Optional Content Submissions

Questions about Rules & Requirements for the 2014 BJU Press Summer Reading Program

Who can enter?

Parents (United States residents only) may enroll their children ages 4-17 in the BJU Press 2014 summer reading program.

When does the program end?

August 19, 2014 is the final day to submit a completion form. Prize winners will be announced September 3, 2014.

What are the program requirements?

Research has proven that regular reading can greatly boost reading skills. Therefore, we are offering a lot of flexibility to this year's summer reading program. You as a parent will be able to choose a daily reading goal appropriate for your child's age category. If your child is a struggling reader, choose the minimum requirement. If you child is an avid reader, challenge him or her by choosing a more rigorous requirement. Then make sure that your child is meeting his or her reading goal at least 40 days this summer. When you are done, submit the completion form so your child will be eligible for prize drawings.

Children must meet the following reading requirements for their age category to be eligible for prizes:

Ages 4–8 Meet reading goal 40 days during the summer Download reading log
Ages 9–12 Meet reading goal 40 days during the summer Download reading log
Ages 13–17 Meet reading goal 40 days during the summer Download reading log

What counts towards the reading requirements?

  • Traditional print books
  • eBooks
  • Attentive listening to audiobooks
  • Attentive listening to another individual read aloud

See our suggested reading list for each age group: 4–8 | 9–12 | 13–17.

What are the Prizes?

Each child who completes the reading requirements will receive a free completion prize (while supplies last).

Within each age group, 3 children will be selected to win a tote bag full of JourneyForth novels ($75 value).

Parents will be given the opportunity to enter their family (one entrant per eligible child) for an opportunity to win the grand prize drawing: a free Kindle Fire and $50 worth of free JourneyForth eBooks (approximately $250 value).

Winners will be notified by phone or email and will be announced on the Summer Reading website on September 3rd.

How is reading progress logged?

Parents, please download and print a reading log for each child participating in the summer reading program. After your child completes the program (has met his or her reading goal 40 days during the summer months), please submit an online completion form (available June 17th). For a printed version of the form, please email bjupinfo@bjupress.com. To be eligible for prizes, parents must complete this form for each child and must submit the form on or before August 19, 2014.

When is the deadline for completing the program?

All forms must be completed by August 19, 2014.

Do I have to read from the suggested reading lists?

No, the titles on the reading lists are merely suggestions. We encourage parents to get involved in helping their children choose excellent reading material.

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Questions about Content Submissions

Is my child required to submit a content piece?

No, submitting a content piece is not required and does not affect your child's chance of winning either the program's grand prize or age-level prizes.

What types of content may my child submit?

Your child may submit any of the following types of content:

  • A Book Review
    A book review should include the book title and author, a brief summary of the book, and your child's opinion about the book. There are no specific requirements about the length of the book review. For younger children, you may find it helpful to use the template provided.
  • His or Her Book Log
  • A Photo/Picture
    Periodically, on our blog or in one of our emails, we will announce a photo/picture topic (such as a favorite reading place, an interesting bookcase, etc.). Your child may then take a photo or draw a picture relating to one of these topics and submit that to us. Please do not submit photos featuring individuals. All photos and artwork must be the original work of your child.
  • A Book Trailer
    If your child is a budding videographer, he or she may want to submit a short video about a book that he or she read during the summer.

How will my child’s content be used?

We may feature your child's content submission on the summer reading blog or in an email. If we do so, we will only refer to your child by his or her first name and last initial.

How many pieces of content may my child submit?

Your child may make as many content submissions as he or she wishes.

How does my child submit his or her content?

You, as the parent or guardian of the child, will need to fill out a content submission form. Please email this form along with an electronic copy of your child's content to summerreading@bjupress.com. You can also mail a hard copy of the form and your child's content to the following address:

Attn: Summer Reading
BJU Press
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd
Greenville, SC 29614

If your child is submitting multiple content pieces at the same time, you will only need to fill out one form. However, if your child submits multiple content pieces at different times, a form will need to accompany each submission event.

Is there an incentive for submitting content?

Yes, on the last Friday of each month during the summer reading program (May, June, July, and August 2014) we will randomly draw 1 name from the list of individuals who have submitted a qualified piece of content in accordance with the submission guidelines. Each qualifying content piece will equal 1 entry into the drawing (so if your child submits 3 pieces of content during the month, he or she will have 3 entries into the drawing). The winning individual will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. Once your child wins one of the monthly drawings, he or she cannot win another drawing for content submissions. However, if your child completes his or her reading goals, he or she is still eligible for the prizes related to the summer reading program.