15 FREE Kids’ Summer Reading Programs
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Looking for a way to entertain the kiddos this Summer and challenge their minds at the same time?! Here are 15 summer reading programs that you may want to take advantage of…
1.) Barnes & Noble
- Head over here and download the summer reading journal.
- Have your child read ANY 8 books this summer and record them in the journal.
- Head to your nearest Barnes & Noble and turn in the completed journal by September 5th, 2017. Find a location near you here.
- Choose a free book from the books listed on the back of the reading journal – limit one free book per child!
2.) Barefoot Books
- A Members’ Only discount — 25% off your next purchase (code expires 5/31/2017)
- An exclusive color-in membership certificate for your child
- A kid-friendly reading log, so your child can track this summer’s adventures
- Recommended books list, highlighting my favorite Books for Social-Emotional Learning, Diverse & Inclusive Books, Global Books and Books for a Greener Planet
- The first official Club activity for your child to enjoy
- And more — all for FREE!
All of this will be emailed for FREE to your inbox when you join their Summer Reading Club.
3.) Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese has a reading program (as well as other reward programs) where kids can earn 10 FREE Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading every day for 2 weeks. This promotion is valid all year round. (A food purchase is required)
4.) Half Price Books
For the month of June AND July 2017 only, kids 14 and under can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks (i.e. store credit) to use on anything in the store whenever they’ve read 300+ minutes. Just download and use this reading log, add up your minutes and have a parent or guardian initial each week.
Then bring the reading log to your local Half Price Books to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 31st, 2017. Each child can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks for the month of June AND $5 for July.
5.) Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a FREE online reading program for children that runs now through September 8th, 2017. After registering, kiddos can read as many minutes as they can, log their minutes and then earn virtual prizes! Go here for more details and to see the book list.
6.) Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program
To help increase reading time during the summer months, the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program has partnered with Candlewick Press to bring your kids summer reading activities. Just go here and click on the links to learn more about the books and download the activities. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook for chances to win awesome prize packs this summer!
7.) LifeWay Summer Reading Quest
Starting June 1st through August 31st, LifeWay stores are launching their 2017 Summer Reading Quest with Bibleman. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6, but all are welcome to join in the adventure. Just read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses.
Then turn in a completed summer reading journal by August 31st at your local LifeWay store to earn a FREE book (choose from 6 options) and a new FREE Bible or devotional!
8.) TD Bank Summer Reading Program
If you have a TD Bank near you, kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade can earn $10 to be deposited into their new or existing TD Bank Young Saver Account when they read 10 books (will need form of ID for child opening new account). Starting June 1st through August 31st, participating kids need to:
- Read 10 books this summer
- Print out the Summer Reading Form
- Write down the names of the books they’ve read
- Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
- Watch $10 be deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account
NOTE – They have not updated the landing page or reading form yet but I did chat with a customer service rep and they are planning to update the information very soon so be sure to check back!
This summer, whenever you read any 4 books from the Books-A-Million Summer Reading Challenge selection in-stores and online, you’ll receive a FREE Maze Runner series water bottle! Note that you must present the completed reading journal in-stores to receive the water bottle, while supplies last.
10.) SYNC Audiobooks for Teens
SYNC is a FREE program for readers ages 13+ that gives away 2 FREE complete audiobook downloads every week each Summer. Through August 17th, each week SYNC features high interest titles, based on weekly themes, and the files are available from Thursday morning 7AM Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available.
11.) Showcase Cinemas
During the summer months, Showcase Cinemas offers Bookworm Wednesdays that 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.
12.) Pottery Barn Kids
Every Tuesday at 11AM, attend FREE Story Time at your local Pottery Barn Kids with readings, activities and more. Plus, become a Pottery Barn Kids Club member and you’ll get a special surprise after attending five events (possibly a $10 off purchase coupon, free book, or other prize).
13.) Sylvan’s Book Adventure
Sylvan’s reading program called Book Adventure encourages kids from grades K-8 to read books and then take online quizzes over the books to earn points. These points can then be redeemed for prizes from the Prize Library like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD’s and more.
Parents and teachers will even have the opportunity to track their child’s/students work (just click on the “Teacher’s Lounge” OR “Parents Place”). Go here to get started searching for a book or check out this video or this page for more details and information.
14.) H-E-Buddy Summer Reading Club
If you live in Texas and are between the ages of 3-12, consider participating in the H‑E‑Buddy 2017 Summer Reading Program! Just read ten books by October 1st and record them on this reading log. Each time you log a book, have an adult initial by the title so you get credit for reading. Once the log is complete, mail the form to the address below, and you’ll be rewarded with a FREE T‑shirt.
H‑E‑Buddy 2017 Summer Reading Program
San Antonio, TX 78217
15.) Public Library
Be sure to check your local public library as many libraries have a kids’ reading rewards program, as well as FREE story time, family movie days, activities and more throughout the summer.
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.