It's that time again...time for Summer reading programs! For the last few years I have been putting together a post that lists all the FREE Summer reading programs in one place. It has always been a HUGE hit so here are the programs for 2015. All of these programs offer children some great incentives so its a great way to encourage reading over the next few months. And if your anything like us you read a lot!
1) Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge - In Summer 2014, students around the world logged millions of reading minutes. Can you help set a new world record for summer reading? Sign up your children. Then all your children need to do is read books, log minutes and earn prizes.
2) Book It Reading Sweepstakes - Starting in June children K-6 who read five books will be eligible to enter for a chance to win a summer fun prize package. Fill out the entry form here (will update once it is posted). (updated info for 2015 is not yet posted)
*Don't forget to also register for the BOOK IT program for 2014-2016. Your children can earn FREE personal pan pizzas through this program.
3) Book Adventure - Sylvan offers a reading incentive program. Children will read books and then take a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read. There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. Kids can earn fun prizes!
4) Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination - This is one of our FAVORITE summer reading programs. We have done this for the last two years and both kids love earning their special prize. Children will log the books they read on the provided log. After they meet the requirement they can take it into a Barnes and Nobles to receive a FREE book.
Barnes and Noble also offers free storytime. You can enter your zip code here to see a list of events at your store.
5) Junie B Jones Reading Club – Sign up and get access to fun Junie B. activity sheets and a reading log.
National Amusements Theaters Bookworm Wednesdays - Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report. Not available in all cities.
7) Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge - From May 16th - August 26th kids can attend Pottery Barns story time for children of all ages on Tuesdays at 11am. Your child will receive a passport and once they attend 5 storytimes, they get a FREE gift.
9) TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE! Not available in all cities.
10) Chuck E. Cheese – Children earn 10 FREE tokens every time they read 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the form and take it into your local Chuck E. Cheese to claim your free tokens.
12) Heifer International Read to Feed - The Read to Feed program encourages reading, while heightening students’ awareness that their actions make a difference in the lives of others. As students read more books, they improve their reading abilities and more families receive gifts of livestock and training. Children (individually or as a group) get sponsors for each book (or chapter or page) they read during a time frame set by their Read to Feed leader. At the end of the program, the group pools its funds and donates them to Heifer International. There are lots of resources including curriculum on the Heifer International website.
13) Books A Milliom Summer Reading - The Books a Million Summer Reading Program offers kids a FREE Pencil and Pencil Case from the John Grisham book Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer – for reading 6 select books. Complete this form.
14) Local Library - Don't forget to also check your local public library! Many library's offer great Summer reading programs. Ours has one starting at the beginning of June. Our library also offers weekly story times.
15) Six Flags Read To Succeed - This program takes place during the school year and earns children a ticket to Six Flags for the Summer. Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it's a great way to motivate kids to read.
16) Usborne Reach For The Stars - This program is a generous pledge-based reading incentive program, designed to benefit schools, individual classrooms, clubs, pre-schools, church groups, home school groups, charities, businesses and public libraries. The goal of Reach for the Stars!! Is for participants to read, or be read to, for 300 minutes over a two week period of time, thus developing a reading routine, receiving Usborne and Kane Miller books for participating...which makes it the perfect summer reading program. (for more information contact me, I am an Usborne consultant)
As Dr. Seuss said, :The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
Have a great Summer and happy reading. If you know of any other programs please share them in the comments below so I can add them to the list.