*updated for 2016
School is out! Summer is officially here. I'm fortunate that I do not have to argue with my children about their school work. They know the importance of it and just get it done. Reading can sometimes be an argument though. My girls will read if I ask them, but they are not always keen about it as it takes away from "playing". My son, on the other hand, thinks reading is so boring, right now. It is always an argument to get him reading. So I needed a bit of an incentive to get him and the girls reading this coming summer without any excuses.
Look at these FREE national summer reading programs that are great incentives for your children to read over the summer. What better way to promote reading than by earning free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more. A perfect solution to help summer brain drain!
2016 Free Summer Reading Programs
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon
Free book Barnes and Noble's Summer Reading Triathlon. This year they are celebrating 20 years of summer reading! From May 17 - September 6. Have your grade 1- 6 kids read any 8 books and record them in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal (download from their site). Once the journal is completed, simply take it back to any participating store to select a free book from the list at the back of the journal.
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
Free book Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge – June 7 - August 16, PBK invites children to take the challenge and attend reading store events. Children who attend five story times at a participating Pottery Barn Kids location will receive $10 coupon.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards
10 free game tokens Chuck E Cheese's Reading Rewards Calendar - Through December 31, 2016. Chuck E. Cheese will reward kids for good behavior and reading with their calendars. Download a Reading Rewards Calendar(or any other calendar) and your kiddo can mark off each day he/she reads. When the calendar is full, turn it into your local Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free game tokens. Bonus, this can be done again and again.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Chance to win prizes Scholastic's Summer Challenge - May 9-September 9, kids can log summer reading minutes to earn digital prizes through ! Be a part of this!
Half Price Book: Feed Your Brain
Bookworm Bucks - Half Price Books Feed Your Brain - When kids read for15 minutes a day during both June and July, they'll get a free $5 gift card per month to Half Price Books. One lucky kid in each age group and store will Bookworm Bucks.
$10 cash From June 1 - August 31-- 10 books = $10! Once your child reads 10 books, they simply fill out a form, take it to the nearest TD Bank and TD Bank will deposit $10 into their Young Saver Account. (Note, you will need to either have or open a Young Saver Account for this program.)
Children need to read any six Christian books and explain one of the faith messages
from each book in their Reading Adventures Diary. There are book suggestions on their site as well. Simply bring the completed diary to a participating Family Christian store between June 3 and August 25.
Sylvan Book Adventure
Redeem points for prizes - Sylvan Book Adventure - K-8 read books (7,000 titles to choose from), and then take a short quiz to earn points. The points can then be redeemed for prizes. Bonus, parents can monitor kids reading with online progress reports.
Pizza Hut Book It! Program
Book It - The summer Pizza Hut BookIt programs runs June – August during the summer your child can continue reading with BookIt printables. Plus parents will find summer reading list by grade.
Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program 2016
Free lunchbag- Books A Million - Read 4 of the 75+ books on the summer reading program by August 8, have your parents verify and sign the form and return to your local BAM for a free James Patterson lunch bag.
Sync - For your Teens (13+)
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. The 2016 season is May 5th - August 17th 2016. SYNC 2016 will give away 30 titles - two paired audiobook downloads a week!
Be sure to check your local areas as well. Grocery stores, local banks and public libraries often have summer reading programs as well. My local library already has their summer program in motion. Be sure to check with your local library to see what sort of summer reading program is offered.