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!

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).  Starts May 25 and ends September 7.

Borders “Double Dog Dare” – for kids under 12 you earn a free book after reading 10 books   There are 10 titles to choose from for your free book.  Starts May 4 and ends August 26.


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 14 can earn a $3 Half-Price Books gift card each week (up to $27 if you participate every week) for every week they read at least 15 minutes a day from June 1 to July 31. Talk about a rewarding reading program!

Pottery Barn Kids 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.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar – fill the reading chart for 2 weeks and turn it into Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free tokens (with pizza purchase), check out all the Rewards Calendars you can use to motivate your kids.

Bookworm Wednesdays – Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas, and  Cinema De Lux offer free admission to a children’s film on Wednesdays when you submit a book report.  Starts July 7 (thanks Saving Dollars & Sense)

TD Bank Summer Reading – read 10 books and get $10 cash! A great incentive if you’ve got this bank near you. Thanks goes to Baby Good Buys for sharing it with me.  Starts May 3 and ends September 30.

Scholastic Summer Challenge – a great way to motivate kids by earning points for reading. There are tons of resources but I don’t see any sweepstakes this year to win prizes.

For my Texas readers:
HEBuddy Reading Club – Watch for details (will be announced soon) 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!

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Other Resources
Check your local library for their Summer Reading programs and check SummerReading.org for more resources.

Book Adventure is a free reading motivation program by Sylvan that you can use year-round for Grades K-8.

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 this summer!

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