Summer book clubs and reading reward programs are always popular at our house. What follows is an updated list of programs that will inspire your child to curl up with some good books throughout the summer and on into the next school year. Know about any I’ve missed? Please leave a comment below and share, so I can add it to the collection.
Barnes & Noble:
Earn a free book this summer when you read eight. Download a reading journal to get started! Too young to participate? B&N also offers an online storytime that preschoolers are sure to enjoy.
With Half-Price Books “Feed Your Brain” Summer Reading Program, kids 14 and under can read at least 15 minutes/day or 300 minutes/month through June and July to earn a $5 coupon (one per month) which can be used to purchase books at Half-Price books. Kids can track their time on these HPB reading logs.
Chuck E. Cheese:
Kids can earn 10 free game tokens from Chuck E Cheese by reading every day for two weeks. These rewards are available all year long, with a limit of one rewards certificate per day per child. You’ll find charts for helping your kids establish other good habits, as well.
Local Public Libraries
Many Public Libraries offer all sorts of programs aimed at fostering in kids a love for books and reading, including book clubs with prizes, weekly story times, guest lectures and performances, craft days, tea parties, and fun family-friendly films.
For those of you who are local, you should check out all the great programs being offered by Tyler Public Library this summer, including their 1KB4K (1000 Books before Kindergarten) program and prizes. Others can follow this link to find a library near you and learn what programs are available in your area.
Sylvan’s Book Adventure
Kids can find books, take quizzes, and earn prizes with this free online program. Read individually or compete as part of a team.
You might consider hosting a “Family Reading Club” during the months of summer to foster in your children a continued love and preference for reading, especially if they’ve grown too old to participate in these other programs. You can print reading logs for each of your kids, keep track of minutes or pages read, and determine your own prizes. Follow this link for more great ideas for making summer reading fun.
Scholastic Summer Reading Program
This site offers free printable bookmarks, coloring pages, and reading goal logs, plus pointers for parents and educators who want to motivate children to read. There’s also a free reading timer app for tracking their reading progress on your iPhone or iPad.
Pizza Hut’s Book-It Program
Pizza Hut awards free personal pan pizzas to school children who meet their reading goals. This program is also open to homeschoolers. Enroll by Spetember 1 for the upcoming school year by filling out this form. Pizza Hut also sponsors a summer break reading challenge: Kids in K-6 grade who read a minimum of five books over this summer can enter for a chance to win a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” prize package.
Braum’s Book Buddy Program
Did you know Braum’s Book Buddy Program is open to homeschoolers, too? Children in grades 1-5 can earn an ice cream treat for every six books they read. The program provides reading logs with fun stickers for tracking progress, as well as coupons for two free cones, two free sundaes, and two free frozen yogurts. The prizes are to be earned during the school year, but the coupons are good through June 30. For enrollment information, ask your home school support group leader (or school principal) to write: Braum’s Book Buddy Reading Program/ PO Box 25429/ OKC, OK 73125.
HEB Grocery Stores:
Kids who live in Texas can get a free “Reading Club” T-shirt from H.E.B. when they read 10 books before September 1. Visit HEB to pick up a reading log, or download one here: HEB Reading Log.
Six Flags “Read to Succeed” Program
This programs awards K-6 students (including homeschoolers) a free ticket to the amusement park for reading just six hours, but the deadline to sign-up is March 1. That’s rather late for school year planning, but extremely early for summer programs, so make a note on your calendar to check back in January for the 2015 program.