School is out! Summer is almost 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. My girls will read if I ask them, but they are not always happy about it. Now my son, on the other hand, despises reading. 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!
2015 Free Summer Reading Programs
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
Free book Barnes and Noble's Summer Reading - From May 19 - September 7. Have your kids read any 8 books and record them in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination Journal. Once they complete the journal, they can take it back to any participating store to pick 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 – Through July 31, PBK invites children to take the challenge by reading 14 hand-selected books from one of two lists. Children who complete the book list and bring it to a participating Pottery Barn Kids location will receive a free book.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards
10 free game tokens Chuck E Cheese's Reading Rewards Calendar - Through December 31, 2015, Chuck E. Cheese will reward kids for good behavior with its 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 - Through September 4, kids can log summer reading minutes to earn digital prizes. There is a summer challenge going on now to read over 304,749,681 minutes to set a new reading world record for summer 2015! Be a part of this!
Half Price Book: Feed Your Brain
$5 Half Price Bucks - Half Price Books Feed Your Brain - When kids read for 300 minutes 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 get a $20 gift card.
$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.)
Metro Bank Summer Reading Challenge
Metro Bank is offering all kids $10 this summer through their Reading Rocks summer reading program through September 30. Children who read 10 books from the Reading Rocks book list(at any participating bank), will get $10 deposited into a new or existing Young Savers account.
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
Chance to win prizes! - Book It - The summer BookIt programs runs June 22 – August 14 during the summer your child can continue reading with BookIt for a chance to win prizes. Plus parents will find summer reading list by grade.
Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program 2015
Free backpack - 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 Percy Jackson 10th anniversary Camp Half-Blood tote bag.
Free movie - Showcase Cinemas - Bring a book report (form is downloadable from website) on Wednesdays from July 8 - July 28, kids get in for free to see selected movies on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Parents who take their kid for the free movie get free admission as do children 6 years and younger without submitting a book report.
Here's the schedule for the free Showcase Cinemas kids movies:
- July 8 - Rio 2
- July 15 - Penguins of Madagascar
- July 22 - How to Train Your Dragon 2
- July 29 - Annie
Be sure to check your local areas as well. Grocery stores, local banks and public libraries often have summer reading programs as well.