Summer is approaching, much to our delight, but that also means school is about to let out. It can be hard getting your kids to read when they aren’t doing it for schoolwork. Why not make it fun?

I found some summer reading programs you can join for free, and they all have great incentives to keep your kids reading all summer long!


1. Get a free book with Barnes & Noble’s Reading Program.

In order to earn a free book, kids have to read eight books and record their progress in a journal along with their favorite part and why. They can use the journals provided on the Barnes & Noble website and turn them in during the summer to pick out a free book. Last year the program started mid-May and ran through early September.


2. Watch a movie for free at Showcase Cinemas.

Kids just have to present a book report at the ticket booth and will get free admission to select children’s movies on Bookworm Wednesdays. Parents, guardians, or children under the age of six get to watch a movie with the reader for free.


3. Get 10 free play points at Chuck E. Cheese’s when you participate in their reading challenge.

When your child reads every day for two weeks, they’ll earn 10 play points!


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4. Join the Pottery Barn Kids Book Club to receive a special prize after attending 5 events.

Pottery Barn holds events like story time and fun activities every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Kids can earn prizes like a “$10 off your next purchase” coupon or a free book!



5. Score store rewards at Half Price Books with the Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program.

Have your kids read and record their minutes with a reading log from Half Price Books’ website. After 300 minutes of reading, they’ll earn Bookworm Bucks. Bookworm Bucks work just like gift cards, and last year, 300 minutes equaled $5.00.

Make sure to turn the reading log in by August 29, 2019 to get your prize.


6. Earn digital rewards through Scholastic’s Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge.

Your kids will receive digital rewards like badges, book excerpts, video clips and more when they meet their weekly challenges.

You can register as soon as May 6th, and your kids have up to September 6th to win prizes.


7. Join Book Adventure to take quizzes and earn rewards for reading.

Your kids can earn rewards like game coins to play on Book Adventure and virtual pet play time. They just have to log their reading minutes and watch them add up!


8. Have teens sign up for Sync to get free audiobooks all summer long.

All you have to do is download the OverDrive app, and you’ll get access to two different audiobooks every week. This program is available May 25th – July 25th.


9. Sign up on DOGObooks to earn up to 20 free books.

This program is available for students 3rd through 10th grade. To earn the books, students must read and review three books from the list on DOGObooks’ website. You can repeat this up to 20 times before reaching your limit on rewards.



10. Earn $10 from TD Bank for reading 10 books.

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Fill out the form they provide with the 10 books your child has read, and turn it in to a TD Bank near you. The bank will then put $10 into a new or existing bank account for your child.


11. Check Books-A-Million for their yearly summer reading program.

Last year, kids were able to earn free pencils or pencil cases by reading four books and writing a little bit about them.

Books-A-Million will announce 2019’s reading program around May 13th.


12. Check your local public library for reading programs.

Most public libraries offer summer reading programs for kids and even activities like story time.

Last year, my local library had kids keep track of their reading minutes. There were four tiers they could hit, and they’d get a prize for each one. The final prize was getting to attend a pool party hosted by the library.


13. Suggest your school join Six Flags Read to Succeed to get free admission tickets.

Teachers can participate in this program for free and get students free passes to Six Flags when they spend at least six hours in recreational reading.


14. Let your teachers know about all the other great programs available for summer reading.

There are other great programs teachers can use to encourage their students to read, like Pizza Hut’s Book It! program. Kids can earn a free one-topping pizza by completing monthly goals.


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