FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids

FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids

At our house reading is a big part of our lives. We frequently visit our local library and read anywhere between 2-6 books each night before bed. Reading is one of my favorite activities to do with the kids.

And I now get the enjoyment of having my son read books to me! I truly hope that introducing my children to books at an early age encourages a life-long love of books.

Below are details on many FREE Summer Reading Programs for kids. In addition to these programs, many local libraries host summer reading programs. I encourage you to stop by and sign your children up.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program – Imagination Destination

Head over to the Barnes & Noble website and download the Summer Reading Journal. Throughout the summer have your child fill out the journal for each book they read. Once they have read eight books, bring the completed reading journal to any Barnes & Noble Bookstore to receive a free book. The program runs from May 19 through September 7, 2015 {Find Out More}

Book It 2015 Summer Reading Challenge

Pizza Hut Summer Reading Challenge with Wimpy Kid kicks off June 22, 2015. All kids are encouraged to help reach the goal of collectively reading 1 million minutes by August 15! Kids who read 5 books by August 15 have a chance to win awesome BOOK IT! prizes {Find Out More}

Books-a-Million 2015 Summer Reading Program

Head over to the BAM website and download the Summer Reading Journal. Have your children read six books from the list, fill out the form and return it to your local BAM to get a prize. {Find Out More}

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Incentive Chart

Download the incentive chart and track your child’s reading for two weeks straight. Them submit the incentive chart to your local Chuck E. Cheese and receive 10 FREE tokens. Note: In addition to a reading incentive chart there are many other incentive charts including, good behavior, daily chores, clean room, good eater and many more. {Find Out More}

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

For kids 8th grade and under: Read 15 minutes a day for a month in June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Use this reading log available on the Half Proce Books website, 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. {Find Out More}

For High Schoolers: Read a book each month in June and July and write a short review. Skip the reading log and bring your review to your local HPB to claim your Bookworm Bucks. {Find Out More}

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Kids are invited to create an account on the Scholastic website and log their reading times into their system. Prizes will be rewarded throughout the course of the program and a chance to beat the world record. Program runs from May 4 through September 4, 2015. {Find Out More}

Sylvan’s Book Adventure Program

Kids in grades K-8 can register on Sylvan’s website. Then after they read a book, they can take online quizzes and earn prizes for their success. {Find Out More}

Remember to check out your local library to get details on their summer reading program.   My children got free books for completing last years program, and are excited to start the program this year.

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  1. says

    Great post. I’ve come up with a similar list and love spreading the idea around about encouraging kids to read in the summer months and more than that, learn to love to read. I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that a.) I think you have a great site here and b.) the books a million link is broken 😉 Keep up the great work mama!

  2. says

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