Roundup of Summer Reading


Summer is just around the corner- and there are several organizations and companies offering special incentives to help encourage children to keep reading over the summer. Here’s a roundup of several & if you know of any others please feel free to let me know & I will add them to the list.

Barnes & Noble: Kids can earn a FREE BOOK when they read any 8 books.  You can record your books in a Reading Journal that can be downloaded HERE, available in both English and Spanish. Then, when its complete, bring it in to your local B&N store and kids can choose a FREE BOOK from their list.

Scholastic Summer Challenge: Kids can sign up and log their reading minutes to win cool rewards with this FREE online program from Scholastic. Parents can get reading tips, booklists and track their kids reading either online or on their phone. Go HERE for more details and to sign up, just click on the “Join Now ” button. While you’re there, check out the Read for the World Record event – all you have to do is log your reading minutes to be a part of it! Last year’s Scholastic Record was 11,115,780 minutes read and the 2013 World Record is 176,438,473. Join in the fun and help set a new World Record for summer 2014!

juniebJUNIE B. SUMMER READING CLUB: To participate in the Junie B. club, go HERE and download a complete Reading Log, Activity Brochure and Sticker Sheet. Parents can sign up for the Junie B. Jones Parent Newsletter and keep updated with news of special events, sweepstakes, fun games and activities for kids, and more.

Local Libraries: Don’t forget to check out your local library’s Summer Reading Program. The theme for this Summer for most locations is Dig into Reading! Many will have free activities and prizes for goals reached. Call your local library for details. You can also go HERE for a directory of national library systems. Click on your state and then find your city.

chuckecheeseChuck E Cheese: Kids can earn 10 FREE tokens every time they read for 2 weeks in a row. You can download the Reading Rewards Calendar HERE and when its complete, bring it in to your local Chuck E Cheese. Limit of 1 FREE Token Offer per child per day at participating locations. Food purchase is required.

TD Bank: Kids in grades K-5 can earn a $10 deposit for a new or existing Young Saver Account by reading 10 books this summer by August 31st. Just go HERE to print out the Summer Reading Form to record your books and when completed, then take it to your nearest TD Bank. One $10 offer per reader.

Book It: Pizza Hut Book It! is once again hosting a summer reading program titled, “Spark Your Greatness” with fun activities, games, prizes and more. Once your child reads five books, they can enter the Spark Your Greatness Sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize! Sweeps begins June 1st. There is also an Instagram Scavenger Hunt for more chances at great prizes! Check out all the detailsHERE.

sylvanSylvan Book Adventure: Kids in grades K-8 can read a book from the Book Adventure list, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes. There are almost 8,000 books to choose from and you can search by title, author or grade. To get started, go HERE to register. Kids need to score at least a 90% on the quizzes to earn points but quizzes can be taken more than once. You can check out the Prize Library HERE.

Pottery Barn: Join their Summer Reading Challenge and if you read all 8 books from the recommended list by July 31st will receive a free book at participating retail stores (supplies limited). Remeber to join in the weekly story time as well and enjoy healthy snacks from Happy Family, character appearances, and activities & giveaways from PBS KIDS. Go HERE for more details.

–Thanks for help with the roundup to Kelley 


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