Participating in Summer Reading Programs is a great way to keep your kids interested in reading and learning over the summer, and they can earn free books and other fun stuff too!

Scholastic Summer Challenge – a great way to motivate kids by earning points for reading. There are tons of resources, a Save the Children charity drive, and sweepstakes that you can enter to win books and other prizes.

Barnes & Noble – for kids in Grades 1 thru 6, you can earn a free book after reading 8 and some locations also have a regularly scheduled story time (check find an event for your store).

Half-Price Books Feed Your Brain Stop by a Half-Price Books and CiCi’s Pizza where your kids can make money on reading! Kids under 12 can earn a $3 Half-Price Books gift card for every week they read at least 15 minutes from June 1 to July 31. Talk about a rewarding reading program!

Pottery Barns Book Club – not just a Summer program, this regularly scheduled storytime goes on all year long on Tuesdays from 11 to 11:30 am. And your kids get a coupon ($10 off a purchase I hear) after attending 5 sessions and getting their booklet stamped.

TD Bank Summer Reading – read 10 books and get $10! A great incentive if you’ve got this bank near you. Thanks goes to Baby Good Buys for sharing it with me.

Borders Reading Challenge – get discounted items for kids under 12 who complete the challenge. You’ll get to choose a $4.99 Reading Challenge item (a savings of 50% off) when you’ve completed your 8 books.

For my Texas readers:
HEBuddy Reading Club – read 10 books and earn a free t-shirt and 20 point sticker. This is one that my boys and I will be doing because reading to your young children counts too!

Of course check your own local library for their Summer Reading programs and check back at for more resources.

I know there are more reading programs out there, and I’d be thrilled if you leave a comment to share the reading programs you’re excited about. Remember that it’s easy to leave a comment because I accept comments from “Anonymous” (but it’s always nice if you leave your first name to we can chat easier).

Happy reading!

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