Free Summer Reading Programs!

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10 free summer reading programs

FREE Summer Reading Programs

School is almost out for the summer and I thought this would be a great time to share this huge list of FREE Summer Reading Programs I have compiled for you.

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There are a LOT of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash!

You can print out this list of FREE Summer Reading Programs here.

Kids Summer Reading Programs

Junie B Jones Reading Club – Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card while supplies last.

Book Adventure - Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Basically your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read.  The quiz is usually about 10 questions long.  They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book.

There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels.  These are common books that can be found at your local library.  Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes!

Half Price Books – They are offering kids ages 14 and under a chance to earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 each day throughout the summer!

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays - Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.

Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination - This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Local Public Library - Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer.  My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Chuck E. Cheese - Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row.  Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free token.

Scholastic Summer Challenge - Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge - Open only to children under 10 years of age on any day during the promotion period. Must present completed Award-Winning or Early Reader book list to receive a free book at participating Pottery Barn Kids stores.

Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months.  If you know of any other programs that aren’t listed here, please feel free to leave the information in a comment below.

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  1. Terrific information in this post. Thanks!

  2. Great list! We usually just use the local library but now that my eldest is reading more independently, I will check out these national programs, too. I tweeted and shared on facebook. Stopping by from CB.

  3. Awesome! Summer reading is the best, we have a great library program for kids. Great resource you’ve put together here.

  4. Wow! Makes me wish I was a US resident! I’ll have to share this list with a few of my twitter friends.

  5. Great list! I am reposting.

  6. Tweeting from Social Fabric!! I love love this post! Great info!!

  7. Ellisa Kobylak says:

    As the librarian at a local Michigan school, I just shared this information with our entire student body! THANK YOU!

  8. Love this! What great incentives to get kids to read and hopefully learn to love it if they don’t already.

  9. Vicki Potts Medvick via Facebook says:

    This is last summer’s list. I don’t think it’s up-to-date for this year!

  10. Most of the programs are still good =)

  11. The Borders program does not exist any longer. They went out of business last year

  12. Thanks Jennifer Martin Rappold I’ll update it now

  13. Barnes and Noble you mntioned was last year’s. 2011.

  14. My girls and I LOVE bookworm Wednesdays. We have participated several summers so far. A free movie on a hot summer day (and encouragement to read a book and write a book report) is great!

  15. I am a huge fan of summer reading programs…thanks for this great list of them all..

  16. Thank you for the list! I had no idea about these, we usually just do the program at our local library.
    We also do Discovery Education’s Read to Succeed program. It runs January and February and then we get a ticket to the Six Flags park of our choice at the end! While it’s not a “summer” program, we certainly enjoy the park in the summer :)

  17. Courtney says:

    Last year my girls participated in Pottery Barn Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge. They don’t have their list of books up yet, but you just read every book on the list and then turn it in to pick out a free book. This is a great option for little kids who aren’t in school yet, since many of these book programs are for school-aged kids. (My twins were 3 when we did it last year.)

  18. pizza hut also has a reading incentive program but it does not start until September.

  19. We Give Books is also doing a summer reading program and it’s for babies through age 10!

  20. That’s awesome!

  21. What a great list!


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