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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!

Book IT! by Pizza Hut Summer Reading Program

Starting June 1st-August 15th, each time your child reads 5 books, they can enter to win prizes. There is a total of 50 prize packages consisting of a tote bag, Pizza Hut gift card, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books and More! Go here for more information.

Book IT! by Pizza Hut for Homeschooling Families

Through September 1st, head on over here and fill out the form to request free BOOK IT! materials for the 2014-15 Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. Even sweeter, I’ve heard that the BOOK IT! Materials may include coupons for FREE Personal Pan pizzas as they have in previous years – which would be a nice bonus! 🙂

Sylvan Book Adventure

Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline and then come back to take a quiz on what they’ve read. Prizes can be earned for their reading success. Head over here to register and learn more.

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge

Starting May 15-July 17th, 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 8 books on their list! Contact your local store or go here 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 20th and September 2nd, 2014.
*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 8/27/14. 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 12/31/14 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 June 1st through August 31st, 2014. 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, Steff, Steph, Fiorella Freebies for a Cause, Free Stuff Times and Saving Dollars & Sense!)

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Comments 14

  1. julie

    My kids loved the Barnes and Noble reading program last summer. Definitely doing that again! Thanks Collin for the ideas 🙂

  2. Christine

    Scholastic also has one that began last week.

  3. Deb

    And don’t forget your local library’s summer reading program. Our library offers free lunches, prizes, and special performances/events for the kids.

    • dannee

      i was going to post the same thing…i work for a local library system in the state of maryland…a lot of resources go into the summer reading club program…please check w/ your local library.

      • Sharon

        Maryland is doing it again this year? I live in Montgomery County, and they stopped for a few years. Thanks for the heads up–I was just at the library today!

  4. Riva

    TD Bank changed the age it is now up to Fifth Grade
    . | $10 will be deposited into a new or existing Young Saver account when coupon is presente
    d at a TD Bank location. One coupon per Customer during the promotional
    period. Cannot be combined with any other offer and cannot be redeemed online or by phone. Valid June 1, 2014, through August 3
    1, 2014, for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Offer
    valid in the United States only and must be redeemed by August 31, 2014.

  5. pharm_chick

    this might be a silly question but what age do these start from? my ds is 2.5 and we love reading but I’m not sure it counts anywhere? do they have to be school age?

    • SF_simplicity

      pharm_chick, Not sure about the programs mentioned above, but check out your local library. Our library’s summer reading program starts at age 0, and the best thing is that adults can win prizes too, and the time you spend reading to your child counts toward your summer reading goal too. Win-win! 🙂

    • Liz

      My kid is 3 and we participated in PBK last year.

  6. Sophie Wagner

    I am a speech-language pathologist in Albuquerque. I am offering Reading Assistant, an interactive computer based reading program. Reading Assistant is not free, but it is very worth its cost of $300 (good for 12-months). My contact info is on my website (

  7. Melissa J.

    I third the check out your local library comment! 🙂

    I also work for a local public library in my hometown.

    Local public libraries always have reading incentives for the summer sponsored in part by the American Library Association. I know for the library I work for we are doing our own prizes for those who read the most books, words, etc.. And we are also having an “end of summer reading” celebration in August. The best part is all library sponsored programs are free – and not just during the summer. All year long local public libraries offer free entertainment for families. 😉

  8. Ape

    HEB grocery store in Texas has a summer reading program too.

  9. Esther

    That Sylvan one is great, not for the prizes, but it actually provides tests for comprehension (much like Reading Counts-that is NOT free!)

  10. Sheila

    I highly recommend turning on the closed captioning while watching movies. Kids learn to read really quickly. That is what I did with my kids and their test reading scores are high!

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