Summer vacation is just about here (hallelujah – I’m pretty well checked out on this school year!). To keep my kids reading (and those little brains active) over the summer, we are checking out some of the summer reading programs that are available. Many of them include fun prizes that give the kids the motivation they need to plop down on a blanket in the shade with a favorite book and dive in for a few chapters each day. And if you’re looking for some of the BEST books for your child’s age and stage, this guide on Amazon is so helpful.
Take a look below and sign up for the ones that interest you and your kids! Thank you to Savings Dollars & Sense for putting together this round-up of programs for us!
9 Summer Reading Programs for Kids
Junie B Jones Reading Club – My daughter LOVED these books when she was in grade school. 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. 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! (Looks like this program is ending 6/30/18 but you can participate through that date!)
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 – My kids could spend hours in Barnes and Noble, so we always do this one. Fun and easy! 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. Our local library partners with local businesses to provide coupons for free food items, passes to attractions, and more upon completion of the reading log.
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 FREE tokens every time your child reads. Just print out the bookmarks which are each worth 5 FREE tokens and bring it in to claim your free tokens.
Scholastic Summer Reading 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!
Six Flags Read to Succeed – K-6 students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading approved by their parents and teachers are eligible for free admission to their nearest theme park. Wow, awesome prize!
These programs are FREE and such a great way to incentivize some summer reading. Know of any additional programs I didn’t mention? Please leave a comment so we can all see what else is available. I just discovered Amazon’s Prime Book Box subscription service for kids which looks like an awesome way to get your kids excited about new books, so I’ll be checking that out this summer, too!
Have a GREAT summer!