Mensa For Kids
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 programs like the Mensa for Kids Web site and other activities.
To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Award 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 Reading" list.
To participate in the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Award Program, follow these steps:
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- 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.
- Print the appropriate segment and track each book you read.
- Once you've completed an entire segment list, you and a parent will need to sign the list as verification and return it and your 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 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Can parents read aloud to their child? Does that count?
Yes! The books may be read aloud. Kids can also listen to audio books or read the books online!
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 prizes?
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.
What if it says "series"? Do participants have to read all of them?
Yes. That's why this is a tremendous accomplishment, worthy of recognition.
One final note: 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.
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Excellence in Reading Award Program shirt order form