Summer Reading Programs For Kids

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Looking for a way to keep your kids engaged in reading this summer?

There is no shortage of incentive programs to choose from. Check out this varied list:

- This one's new to me: Be sure to check out the Mensa Foundation's
Excellence in Reading Award Program at

- Half Price Books' program runs June 1st through July 31. If kids read 15
minutes a day, they can earn a $5 gift card. For more information, check
out You can get the reading log at:

- PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge: PBS/iVillage has a program that could
keep you busy all summer long. There are several aspects to it, and you can
find out more at Each week there will be
a special theme, and you can read more about that at:

- Borders has what they call the "Double Dog Dare Challenge." Kids who read
10 books and track them can get a free book. For more info, check out:

- Chuck E. Cheese has a number of awards that they will grant 10 free tokens
for, including reading (and no nose picking!). You can find them at:

- Barnes & Noble will give kids a free book for every 8 books they read.
They also have some parent information. Find out more at:

- Scholastic Book also has a summer program in which kids read and log in to
win prizes. Details are available at:

- Book It! will give your child a "prize package" for reading. There are
some fun things in it - check out their Web site for more info: Be sure to
check out the Pizza Hut school year Book It! program as well:

- If you are on the east coast, TD Bank has a summer reading program: Commerce Bank will deposit $10 in
young savers' accounts when they read ten books.

- If you are in an area with H-E-B Grocery Store, they have a program as
well. The instructions can be found at:

- Even Pottery Barn has a summer reading program (who knew?!), along
with other kids' events. Check it out at:

- Old Spaghetti Factory offers a free kids meal to every child who reads
five books. Information at:

- Sylvan Learning Centers has a free reading incentive program for kids
through grade 8 that runs all the time. You can register and find more
information at:

- Kids 8 & up can be "reading warriors" with this special program built
around Erin Hunter's Warrior series of books. Information:

If you're feeling a little less cerebral or need some air conditioning, this
Web site lists places with free summer movies:

There are so many great programs from which to choose!  There is bound to be at least one that sparks an interest in every young reader. And there are no rules that say you can't participate in more than one ;) Feel free to share this post. If you participate in any of these programs I'd love to hear your thoughts on your experience.

Happy Summer. Happy reading!

Vivian said...

Just Hopping by to say hello! Cute Blog. Stop By when you get a chance!

Liz Mays said...

I expected a few when I started reading, but wow, there are so many options now. Fantastic!

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