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10+ Summer Reading Programs

Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to encourage your children to read and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell them which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
  2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between August 1 – 31, 2019.
  3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Also, be sure to join the Barnes & Noble’s free Kids’ Club– as a welcome gift, you’ll receive 30% off the list price on any one kids’ book or toy, a $5 reward for every $100 you spend on kids’ items online and in stores, and a free cupcake from their café for all your children’s birthdays.

Book Adventure
Book Adventure is a fun, free, online way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.

Each year, Books-A-Million offers a summer reading program. Read four books on their summer reading form and receive a free drawstring backpack (while supplies last).

Chuck E. Cheese
Looking for a fun way to reward your children for good behavior?  Just download and print out the calendar, mark off days with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes his/her goals, bring in the completed calendars to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward.  They offer a reading calendar, in addition to practical ones like, “good behavior” and “daily chores.”

This website offers suggestions and printables for creating your own Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading Camp, complete with summer activity collages.

Half Price Books Summer Reading
Once children, who are 14 or younger, have read for 300 minutes, they can turn in their completed reading log (by August 29, 2019) to earn Bookworm Bucks. Highschoolers can also earn Bookworm Bucks, but they must write book reviews.

PBS Kids
Miss A’s favorite series is the Cat in the Hat Learning Library, created by the amazing PBS Kids.  On their website, you can find books they’ve published, suggested reading lists, and practical suggestions for creating a literary home.

Pizza Hut
Their Book It program is winding down for the year, but be sure to sign up for Fall 2019 (it’s open to homeschoolers right now)!  In the meantime, this summer, enjoy their Summer Reading Challenge.  Their website offers printables, online games, book lists, and more.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and encouraging kids to read every day this summer. Kids will unlock virtual prizes and can enter fun giveaways.

Showcase Cinemas
A fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months, Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. Bookworm Wednesdays will resume in summer 2019.

T.D. Bank
In past years, kids in grade K-5 could read 10 books , fill out a summer reading form, take the form to your nearest TD Bank and receive $10 in a new or existing TD Simple Savings account. 

Local Libraries
Most local libraries offer a robust summer reading program; and this year, many will focus on space travel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon.