FREE Kids’ Summer Reading Programs

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With Summer here and the kiddos home from school, don’t forget to check out these Summer reading programs to keep your kid’s minds active! Each program is completely FREE and they can earn rewards along the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

(Thanks for the reminder, Brandi!)

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Comments 21

  1. jhnicole

    Thanks.I sign my kids up at the library every year.they are signed up at the library already.we win tickets to baseball games and 10 year old girl loves it.

    • RB

      Yes, the libraries’ summer reading programs help motivate my students who would otherwise be reluctant about reading.

  2. Caitlin

    My son is signed up at our local public library, where they offer free books and prizes for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Miriam

    Why does is state 18 and younger in the last few lines above if these programs are for 6th grade or lower?

    • E

      Special needs kids

    • Mel

      That paragraph only applies to the TDBank program.

  4. Sarah H

    Metro Bank usually offers $10 for reading 10 books, I believe it is available for “kids” up to 25 (I remember thinking last year that you could do this in grad school!).

  5. Tara

    I remember doing “book it” when I was a kid ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • amy

      haha me too and you would get a personal pan pizza!

  6. Lauren

    Colin, thanks so much for posting this! I am a homeschooling mama to two and, although school is over, we’re not really done. My guys love reading already so will feel even more excited to know they get more than moms pat on the back for picking up a book. The book adventure site also had a link to sylvan learning apps, all of which are free and award winning! So I downloaded those for them too. They’ll be pleasantly surprised in the morning ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, even though barnes and noble is supposed to be for grade school, they let my preschooler slide last summer and he was able to choose a free book, as well.

    • jiya

      Can you please tell me how is your experience of home schooling? I want to do it for my kiddo too. Where do u have to register for that?

  7. dazz

    The libraries, at least in MD, spend a lot of time, money and effort to support the summer reading program…it’s for all school age kids…

  8. Reformation Alive Baptist Church

    Yep, libraries are great for summer reading programs!

  9. Rosana

    I have my son every year at our public library and it was always fun especially for the prizes every certain books but this year no prizes only the book at the end. ๐Ÿ™

    • Sheila

      Same here, so bummed. Not even a book at the end like they’ve done in the past, just a ‘chance’ to win prizes. Real motivating :/ Excited to check out the programs in the post to help motivate the kids, waaay more exciting!!

    • Erica

      Ours use to do weekly prizes. Now they are only doing one book mid way through and then a bag at the end. And it’s all online now. So it doesn’t get the kids into the library. Kind of a bummer.

  10. Lauren

    Meatheads (it is a burger place in the NW suburbs of Chicago) does a reading incentive program

  11. Lauren

    Oh yeah! I think Culvers does one too

  12. Amanda

    That’s exciting! My kids did the tdbank north reading program last year to open their accounts with $ from the bank. Pretty neat they can get another $10 this year to add to their savings: )

  13. Maryann

    Anyone know of any free reading/learning programs around Omaha? Google mostly brings up those that cost money. My local library’s Summer Reading program doesn’t cover the whole summer. By the time my little one is out of summer school there’s only about two weeks left so he’ll miss most of the activities. Still, I’m signing him up for it. Thanks!

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