Keep your children reading this summer with incentives from these free summer reading programs for kids that will engage and reward them too.
If you hear of any others, please let us know in the comment so we can update this list for everyone to enjoy. A big thank you to This Mommy Saves Money for putting this list together for us.
Summer Reading Programs for Kids:
Barnes & Noble – Imagination Destination Summer Reading Program: Children in grades 1 – 6 get ready for a Summer of reading adventures! Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.
Books A Million – Choose four books from the Summer Reading Challenge selection in-stores and online and receive a free Maze Runner series water bottle. Must complete reading journal in stores to receive your water bottle.
Chuck E Cheese’s – Read a book every day for 2 weeks and get 10 FREE Tokens at Chuck E Cheese’s. One free token award per child per day. A food purchase is required. (Valid through 12/31/17)
Half Price Books – During June and July, kids 14 and under can read and earn Bookworm Bucks.
(Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Use the reading log, add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you’ve reached 300 or more minutes, bring your log to your local HPB to claim your Bookworm Bucks. Bookworm bucks expire 8/31/2017. Full program details: found here.
Lifeway Stores – Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party May 26—27. Come in store to grab your FREE Summer Reading Program Journal, Bookmark, and Pencil. The program runs from June 1 to Aug. 31. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6, but all are welcome to join in the adventure. Summer R.E.A.D. program. Challenge: Read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses. Reward: Turn in a completed summer reading journal at your local LifeWay store to earn a free book and a new free Bible.
PBS Kids Summer Reading Camp – PBS is teaming up with Education.com to offer a Summer Reading Camp. They have everything you need to host 10 fun weeks of reading camp. There is a new theme each week with topics like bugs, heroes, music, animals and more.
Pizza Hut Book It! Program – This program has free reading adventure packs for parents to download, read and do activities. There are also recipes for children that tie back to certain books. Schools can win free pizza for participating. Homeschoolers can also enter this program.
Pottery Barn Kids – attend storytime on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. After kids attend five story times, they get a free gift. Plus, throughout the summer, families are invited to read each book at the weekly story time. Kids receive a free book after they finish reading all of the books on the list.
Public Libraries – Check your local library for more free reading programs with activities and incentives for kids of all ages. Most libraries also have story times and other reading-themed activities.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – now through September 8th, read & log minutes all summer. Take weekly challenges and earn rewards. Help set a new reading world record! The theme this year is Happy Camper: Take a Reading Adventure! Throughout the summer, students will log their reading minutes, earn digital rewards, and access fun reading activities.
Sylvan Book Adventure – Book Adventure is a free, online reading program for children in grades K-8. Kids learn to love reading through interactive tools, games and motivational rewards. At Book Adventure, reading is rewarding! Within the Prize Library, kids can search for a prize they’d like to win or exchange points for a prize they have earned by reading books and answering quiz questions correctly.
TD Bank – (the 2017 form has not been added to the website at the time of posting. I’ve included the 2016 form for now. Contact your branch to ensure participation for 2017. )
2016 info – kids can read 10 books this summer, then log them on the free summer reading log. Take the completed form to your nearest TD Bank and get $10 deposited into your new or existing young savers account.
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