Summer is the perfect opportunity to jump start your kids’ interest in reading, or keep them reading if it’s something they already enjoy. Summer reading programs are plenty, so you’ve got lots of incentive out there in the form of prizes and awards to keep your kids interested.
Reading not only keeps them interested books, it will give them some down time to relax and curl up with a good book. PLUS… this quiet time will help you. Maybe you can clean the house for a few minutes or even cook dinner. Sounds great right? Reading programs are a bonus for everyone.
Below you’ll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids free stuff like free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more.
Plus Don’t forget to check out your local library. I know ours offers a great program that we participate in every year.
2017 Summer Reading Programs
Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program requires kids to read eight books and record them in a reading journal. Turn in your completed Reading Journal and choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.
Chuck E Cheese Summer Reading Program offers a Reading Rewards Calendar (along with several other rewards calendars). Once a child has completed two weeks of reading, he or she can submit the completed Chuck E Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens.
Half Price Books – They are offering kids ages 14 and under a chance to earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 each day throughout the summer!
Junie B Jones Reading Club – Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card while supplies last.
Local Public Library – Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.
Pizza Hut Book It! Program. This program has free reading adventure packs for parents to download, read and do activities, recipes for children that tie back to certain books and more… You can enter your zip code and see if your local school has requested participation. It looks like schools can win free pizzas for participating. Homeschoolers can also enter this program!
Scholastic’s Summer Reading Program lets kids log their reading minutes to win digital prizes. They can also enter sweepstakes for gifts like Klutz books and other fun rewards. Parents can register along with their children to track progress.
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.
Six Flags Read to Succeed – K-6 students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading approved by their parents and teachers are eligible for free admission to their nearest theme park.
Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program called Book Adventure encourages children to read books and then take online quizzes over the books to earn points. These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD’s, and games.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program will deposit $10 into a Young Savers account when your child reads at least 10 books and submits his reading list on this TD Bank form!(You must have either an existing Young Savers account or be willing to open one for your child.)
There are lots of options to keep the kids learning and engaged during the summer! Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months.
Does anyone else know of other programs for 2017? I will keep this list updated as new ones pop up so be sure to check back often!