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If you are looking for ways to entertain your kiddos this summer, you may want to check out these free Summer reading programs! What a fun way to keep their minds sharp plus, they can earn rewards along the way!

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge

Starting May 16-August 26th, families are invited invited to read each book with them at their FREE weekly story time. Kids will receive a prize after they finish reading all the books on their list! Contact your local store for more details.

Barnes & Noble

To reward your children in Grades 1-6 for reading during the summer, Barnes & Noble is offering up a Summer Reading Program that rewards kids with a FREE book after they have read 8 books of their choice. To participate, your kiddos will need to:

*Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal found here.
*Take the completed Reading Journal to their local Barnes & Noble store between May 21st and September 3rd, 2013.
*Chose a FREE Book from the selection on the Reading Journal list at your local store. It’s that easy!

Half Price Books

Children 14 and under can earn $5 in Half Price Books Back to School Bucks when they join the Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program! They will need to read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July, or have a grown up read to them. Download the reading log found here to record your child’s progress. Then turn it in to receive $5 in Half Price Books Back-to-School Bucks. The $5 discount card can then be applied to the pre-tax amount for a future purchase valid until 8/28/13. Limit one coupon per person, per visit. Go here for more details. 


Chuck E. Cheese

Each time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row, they will earn 10 FREE tokens at Chuck. E. Cheese!  Head on over here to print the form. Valid through 12/31/13 at participating locations. Food purchase required for redemption. Limit 1 of any free token offer per child per day. 

TD Bank Summer Reading Program

If you have a TD Bank near you, your kids can earn $10 to be deposited into their new or existing TD Bank Young Saver Account when they read 10 books.  Participating kids need to:

1. Read 10 books this summer.
2. Print out the Summer Reading Form
3. Write down the names of the books they’ve read
4. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
5. Watch $10 be deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account

Valid through September 30, 2013. Must be 18 years of age or younger to participate. Bring form of ID for child for new account opening. Go here for more details.  

Do you know of any other free or cheap activities for kids this summer? If so, share them with us in the comments below! 😀

(Thanks, Family Savings!)

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  1. Natalie

    Our local library also does a summer reading challenge with some great prizes along the way. Check out your local library too!

    • Laura

      I was just going to say this 😉 We do it every summer! The kids have a swim party at the end of the summer and free tickets to a local minor league baseball game.

  2. Beth @ In Good Cents

    I have a few local Indiana Summer Reading programs listed on my website, but other nationwide programs include Scholastic Books, BJU Press, and Book Adventure. Plus, many schools participate in the Pizza Hut Book-It Program.

    • Sandra

      Magic Mountain does a reading program in the winter.

  3. Joanne

    Lowes and Home Depot have the building workshops on the weekend for the kids. My grandchildren loves these.

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