Mensa For Kids

Excellence in Reading Award Program

Excellence in Reading Award Program

Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too!

The Mensa Foundation recognizes and encourages education, gifted youth and lifelong learning through resources like the Mensa for Kids website and other programs for youth and those who support them.

To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program.

Acknowledging the value of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ appreciation of classic literature for young people, the Mensa Foundation is providing a year-round challenge to kids of all ages based on the NEH’s “Summertime Favorites” reading list, with some alterations.

To participate in the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program, follow these steps:

  1. Find the grade-level segment that best fits your reading level from the list of books provided. You’ll receive recognition for each segment read. Remember to read to the level of your ability, regardless of your age or grade level.
  2. Print the appropriate segment and track each book you read by checking it off and recording the date it was read. Electronic signatures and check-offs are not permitted. The form must be completed by hand. We operate on the honor system, and we encourage honesty in this way.
  3. Once you’ve completed an entire segment list, you and a parent will need to sign the list as verification and return it and the order form to the Mensa Foundation at the address provided. Once we’ve received your signed list, we’ll send you an award certificate and T-shirt. Please allow 6 weeks for delivery.

Important questions answered

  • Can parents read aloud to their child? Does that count?
    Yes. The books may be read aloud. Readers can also listen to audio books or read the books online. Teachers may also read to their classes, and then parents must complete the order form.
  • Can teenagers receive rewards for the lower grade segments?
    Yes. We recommend that kids begin at the reading level best for them and then move forward or backward in the list.
  • Are there additional recognition opportunities?
    Everyone who completes a segment list will be awarded a certificate and a Mensa for Kids T-shirt for the first segment completed. Additional segments will be recognized with certificates. This is not a competition, though, and there are no monetary prizes.

Final Notes: Parents should exercise care when selecting an appropriate volume of the assigned reading; original versions of some older fables and tales may be inappropriate for small children. We reserve the right to request additional confirmation of completion of the program and/or to refuse to grant recognition.

Complete program
Kindergarten through 3rd grade reading list
Kindergarten through 3rd book finder helps
4th through 6th grade reading list
7th through 8th grade reading list
9th through 12th grade reading list

Excellence in Reading Award Program shirt order form


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