Thursday, May 12, 2011

Summer Reading Programs: Free Books and Rewards!

Here's the latest round-up of summer reading programs for 2011. This is always something I look forward to doing with my son and now with my daughter as well! Some are regional, but hopefully you'll find a few near you! As always, if you know of more, let us know!

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Kids can log their weekly reading minutes and earn digital prizes. They can also participate in setting a new world record for summer reading.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Kids need to read eight books and record them in their reading journal. They can turn their journals in for a free book (chose from preselected titles) from Barnes and Noble.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program

Locations in the Northeast:
Children need to read 10 books, write them down on a form, then turn them into their local TD Bank and receive $10 in their savings account. Kids will need to have a new or existing Young Savers account at a TD Bank to get this deal.

Borders Summer Reading Program 2011: Double-Dog Dare Challenge

After kids read 10 books, they're eligible to choose a book from the list of free books. The free books on the Borders summer reading list include Danny and the Dinosaur, The Cat in the Hat and Ramona the Brave. Click the link above for a complete list.

National Amusements Summer Reading Program 2011: Bookworm Wednesdays

For each book kids read and write a book report for, they'll get to see a movie at a National Amusements movie theater for free. The movies are at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays this summer and adults and younger siblings will get in free as well.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards

Chuck E. Cheese has a summer reading program where kids can earn 10 free Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks.

HEB H.E. Buddy Summer Reading Club

The H.E. Buddy Summer Reading Club sponsored by HEB grocery stores gives out a package of cool prizes for each child who reads 10 books this summer.

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club:

Every Tuesday Pottery Barn has story time for kids! The time is usually 11:00-11:30, but be sure to check your local store for any variations.

Pizza Hut Book It

While this program isn’t a summer reading program, enrollment is now open and closes in June. The program runs from October to March and is a great way to encourage kids to read. Kids get a free pizza from Pizza Hut every month they reach their reading goals.

Local Library

Most libraries host a summer reading program for card holders. Each program varies, but the kids usually track their progress and receive a prize at the end of the summer. I know we love our local library and the reading programs they offer. They have a weekly event such as a guest author, wild animals, musician, etc. It's always fun to go to the weekly event and check our books out at the end of the program!

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