Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage and reward readers of all abilities. Children can earn free books, food, theme park tickets, and other amazing freebies. Don’t forget to sign up with your local library!
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
Barnes & Noble is giving away a free book to children in 1st through 6th grade who ready any eight books this summer. The books to choose from are listed on the back of the reading journal. Earn a free book of your choosing by following these three steps:
1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.
This summer reading program runs May 16 – September 5, 2017.
Half Price Books
Earn Bookworm Bucks at Half Price Books this summer by reading for 300 or more minutes. Bring your log to your local Half Price Books store to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 31, 2017. Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning. Open to children 14 and under.
This summer reading program runs from June – July 31, 2017.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Take the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge to unlock activities and earn virtual rewards. Read as many books as you can then log your minutes online. You can also enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes from Klutz!
This summer reading program runs from May 8 – September 8, 2017.
Six Flags Read to Succeed
Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade, who complete six hours of recreational reading, can earn a free ticket to Six Flags!
The program runs every year from late October to March 1st. Online registration will begin in late October around Halloween. Online registration is required: www.sixflags.com/read
Valid locations: Arlington, TX; San Antonio, TX; Atlanta, GA; St. Louis, MO; Jackson, NJ; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Washington D.C.; Springfield, MA; Queensbury, NY; Montreal, Canada.
Chuck E. Cheese
Track your child’s reading progress for two weeks and Chuck E. Cheese will give you ten free tokens to use at their play center.
Food purchase is required. Available through December 31, 2017.
AudioFile for Teens
Teens, ages 13 and older, can take advantage of the Sync Summer Reading Program through AudioFile. Each week, they can listen to two free audio books throughout the summer. There will be a classic book as well as a current young adult book available for download through the OverDrive app, which can be downloaded through their site.
This summer reading program runs April 27 – August 16, 2017.
Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program
Read just 4 of the 75+ listed books, record them in a journal and return it to any Books-A-Million store. Children can receive a free Maze Runner series water bottle for their reading efforts.
H-E-Buddy Summer Reading Club
Read ten books and record them on your reading log. Each time you log a book, initial the reading log by the title so your child gets credit for reading. Once the log is complete, mail the form to the address listed on their website, and you’ll be rewarded with a special t‑shirt.
This reading program is available until October 1, 2017 where H-E-B stores are located.
Pizza Hut Book It Reading Program
The Pizza Hut Book It program offers a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza to kids who reach their reading goal every month. The Book It Program motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition, and pizza.
This offer is valid during the school year, from October to March. Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is now open.
Sylvan Learning’s Book Adventure Program
Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read all year long. Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.
This reading program is available all year long.
Don’t forget your public libraries! Most offer some kind of reading program with local prizes the kids can enjoy.
Do You Know Of Any Other Programs?
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