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.
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 21 through September 3, 2013
Pizza Hut offers various reading challenges throughout the year. The challengers are for kids in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade who read an identified number of books during the allotted time. They haven’t announced their Summer Reading Challenge yet, but you can bet it will be a good one. NOTE: I’ll update with details as soon as it is announced
This summer BAM is hosting a Summer Reading Program with reading ambassador and bestselling children’s book author Carl Hiaasen. Read any 6 books listed on the Summer Reading Form between May 19 and August 17, 2013. Complete and return the form to your local BAM to receive a HOOT or Chomp backpack. Download the reading form and find a participating store near you.
Read for two weeks straight and submit your 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.
Kids 14 and under can earn a $5 gift certificate for each month that they read for 300 minutes or more. That’s only 15 minutes a day! Download the Summer Reading Log and keep track of your minutes. Once you’ve reached 300 minutes, bring the completed log to any Half Price Book store and receive your $5 gift certificate. June logs must be completed by Sunday, July 8 and July logs by Sunday, August 5.
Download the Summer Reading list and read all the books by August 26, 2013. Kids will receive a price for reading all the books on the list.
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.
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.
Don’t forget 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.