Roundup of Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Summer is just around the corner- and there are several organizations and companies offering special incentives to help encourage children to keep reading over the summer. Here’s a roundup of several & if you know of any others please feel free to let me know & I will add them to the list.

Barnes & Noble: Kids can earn a FREE BOOK when they read any 8 books. Just go HERE and download the Reading Journal, then when its complete, bring it in to your local B&N store and kids can choose a FREE BOOK from their list. You can also download a Parent Activity or Educator Kit for fun reading activities and teaching tips.

Scholastic Summer Challenge: Kids can sign up and log their reading minutes to win cool rewards with this FREE online program from Scholastic. Parents can get reading tips, booklists and track their kids reading either online or on their phone. Go HERE for more details and to sign up, just click on the “Get Started” button in the lower right corner and then click on join now in the pop-up box.

iVillage / PBS KIDS: iVillage and PBS KIDS have created a six-week, “Summer Reading Community Challenge” set to start June 18th. Program includes a daily email with reading tips and fun activities from the experts at PBS KIDS and Scholastic, book suggestions and discounts, free downloads of PBS KIDS shows, and a daily chance to win $1,000 and other great prizes. You can sign up HERE by entering your email address.

Sylvan Book Adventure: Kids in grades K-8 can read a book from the Book Adventure list, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes. There are almost 8,000 books to choose from and you can search by title, author or grade. On the quizzes, kids need to score at least a 90% to earn points but quizzes can be taken more than once. You can check out the Prize Library HERE. If you are between the ages of 7 and 16 (as of March 1, 20112) you can enter The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days of Summer” Reading Contest for a chance to win tickets to see the movie, in theaters on August 3rd. To get started, go HERE to register.

TD Bank: Kids can earn a $10 deposit for a new or existing Young Saver Account by reading 10 books this summer. Just go HERE to print out the Summer Reading Form to record your books and when completed, take it to your nearest TD Bank.

Chuck E Cheese: Kids can earn 10 FREE tokens every time they read for 2 weeks in a row. You can download the Reading Rewards Calendar HERE and when its complete, bring it in to your local Chuck E Cheese. Limit of 1 FREE Token Offer per child per day at pariticapting locations. Food purchase is required.

Local Libraries: Don’t forget to check out your local library’s Summer Reading Program. The theme for this Summer for most locations is Dream Big Read! Many will have free activities and prizes for goals reached. Call your local library for details. You can also go HERE for a directory of national library systems. Click on your state and then find your city.

Pottery Barn: Join their Summer Reading Challenge and if you read all the books on one of their recommended lists, you can earn a free book. This program is for both independent readers and younger children who can read with an adult. You can also download a Progress Tracker Poster and a Certificate of Completion and enter for a chance to win a backpack full of books. Go HERE for more details. This program will run thru August 22nd.

Book It: Pizza Hut Book It! is once again inviting kids to join in the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes! To enter, kids need to be in grades K-6 during the 2011-12 school year and meet the challenge of reading five books. 50 lucky winners will receive a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” summer fun prize package including a Summer Break Tote Bag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Series 1 thru 5, Diary of a Wimpy Kid DVD, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules DV, Plus, and a $20 Visa Gift Card. Go HERE to print your entry form and get more details.

–Thanks for help with the roundup to One Momma Saving Money and Amy.

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  1. We keep reading and visiting the library during the summer. These great resources are just added incentives! Thanks so much.

  2. Kerry Thanks for this post! I went to Barnes & Noble ordered 2 Phineas & Ferb books and got the Phineas & Ferb desk set for free plus got free shipping via phone order! My son’s son “Welcome to Summer Vacation Kit” is complete!

  3. @ Vanessa, yes they do! The Scholastic has a 0-6 category, and we have personally done the Barnes and Noble for years. Our local library’s summer reading program is divided up into a “Read to Me” group and independent readers. The younger the better!

  4. I wonder if any of these programs allows the parents to read to their kids. My daughter is four and doesn’t know how to read

  5. Thank you SO MUCH! I use Book Adventure for my son before he takes his AR test. They do not always have the books, but often times they do! I appreciate that you posted this! Thanks again!

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