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 SummerReading.org 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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