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Monday, June 9, 2014

FREE Kids Summer Reading Resources

School's out for summer! 
Keeping your children reading and learning is essential.
I know we ALL need a break from the school projects, homework, etc.
Yet, in order to keep our children from moving backwards and forgetting
some of the concepts they learned throughout the year in school
it is important that they continue to stay actively engaged in learning.
Reading is a wonderful way to keep their minds active over the summer!

PLEASE NOTE: Even thought this is an old post 
ALL Links will take you to current year's reading program info! 

I have always been an avid reader.  
I know too well that not all children enjoy reading on their "free" time.
Providing children with a small incentive for their reading usually makes it more exciting because they have a "goal" to work towards.

The following programs are FREE for your child to participate in
& many of them offer a small incentive or reward for completion.

Summer Reading Resources 

1. Scholastic's Summer Challenge - is a great FREE online resource! Kids log minutes read to earn rewards and read for the World Record. They have lots of great info, lists for different age ranges and even challenge books if your child is up for it. Scholastic is even has a Summer Reading Timer App which is FREE. 

2.  Sylvan's Book Adventure  is another fun & free way to motivate kids to read. Kid's find a book from the list, take a quiz and earn prizes for their reading success. In the Parent's Place parents can monitor their child's reading progress, track and view their quiz results and even approve prize selection.

3. To participate in Barnes & Noble's Summer Reading Program kids have to read 8 books, record/log them in their Imagination's Destination Reading Journal and turn it to your local Barnes & Noble store anytime between May 20th thru September 2nd to earn a FREE book from the list printed on the back of the journal.

4. Pizza Hut's Book It! Summer Reading Challenge for kids in grades K-6th. They also have lots of tips, activities and printables for parents and teachers too.

5. TD Bank Summer Reading Program runs June 1st thru August 31st. The program rewards children who read 10 books during the summer with a $10 deposit into a new or existing Young Saver account. 

6. Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards - kids read everyday for 2 weeks and win 10 free tokens. Document their reading on the form provided and take it into your local Chuck E. Cheese. They also have lots of other reward calendars.

7. Half-Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program - Kids read a minimum of 15mins a day until they total 300 minutes. Turn in completed logs in June and July to earn HPB Bookworm bucks.

8. Read-a-Palooza with American Girl - From May 1st thru August 27th your American Girl lover can join in the reading fun with special in-store events, free printables and amazing reading resources.  $1 of every book purchased through American Girl goes to Save the Children's US Literacy Programs. 

9. Books-a-Million Summer Reading - Read any 6 books listed on the summer reading form and return your completed form to a local BAM! store to receive a free gift while supplies last (while supplies last). 

*updated May 2015 - The 2015 program will highlight Rick Riordan! Grab your journal and get started here

10. JetBlue's Soar with Reading Program highlights The Magic Tree House a beloved children's book series. We participated in the program and you can check out more in-depth info here.  

*update - The 2015 Program begins June 23rd. 

11. PBS Kids Summer Reading Program  (updated May 2015) has 10 weeks of Reading Camp ideas with a different theme each week. This would be fun to host with friends. 

Local Library Summer Reading Program

This year's theme is Fizz, Boom, Read and it focuses on science and literacy. Check your local library to enroll in their Summer Reading Program. Ours is for the Broward County Library System.  Check your local libraries for more details or visit the Collaborative Summer Library Program website.

*upated May 2015 - Check out the 2015 Summer Reading booklet.

I'll keep adding resources to this post as I get more information!
Do you know of any other summer reading programs? Please share. 

Let's keep our kids reading this summer!


  1. What a great list of resources. Can't wait to have a look at some of these in more depth!

    Miss Galvin Learns


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