Everybody likes freebies, right? And every parent wants to see their child reading, right?
So combining the two is a win-win situation.
Summer reading programs do just that.
They provide an incentive for kids to read…free stuff.
Read on to find out about some great summer reading programs.
Summer Reading Programs
Your Local Library
Local libraries offer summer reading programs. They also typically have some kind of distinguished guests like musicians or authors come and do a special presentation. These are nice opportunities for socializing or finding other homeschoolers.
When my kids were young, some of the big name Christian bookstores offered summer reading programs. I loved these because the freebies were usually something Christian like books, toys with verses, or pencils with sayings on them. They gave my kids a little extra spiritual reminder to enjoy. If I were you, I’d check out your local Christian bookstore for a summer reading program.
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
I don’t know about you, but Barnes and Noble is one of my favorite bookstores. I could seriously spend hours there and so could my kids. I am so glad that they have a summer reading program. It’s pretty easy to do. Get a journal from their website or one of their stores. On it your child should record 8 books that she reads. Then she just needs to turn it in to collect a free book from a special list.
Scholastic has a nice online summer reading program. Kids can earn digital rewards. There is also an opportunity to enter into a sweepstakes to win prizes. Your child will need to record the books and minutes that she reads. Fortunately, Scholastic has a Reading Timer app to help your child keep track.
Half Price Books
Your child can earn $5 HPB Back-to-School Bucks from the Half Price Bookstore. Their summer reading program is called Feed Your Brain. Each child keeps track of the minutes that she reads on a reading log that is available on their website. When a child reads at least 300 minutes in a month, she can collect her reward.
Sylvan Learning Center is another company with an online summer reading program. It is called Book Adventure. Kids register online here. They then look for books in the Book Finder. After reading a book, the child takes a quiz online to earn points. The quiz must be passed in order to earn the points. These points go towards prizes.
Besides their Book It reading program which goes on during the school year, Pizza Hut has a summer reading program. It’s called the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes. For this program, your child can enter to win a prize by reading 5 books. You’ll find the entry form here.
Chuck E. Cheese’s
Your child can get rewarded at Chuck E. Cheese’s for not only reading, but for accomplishing behavior goals as well. I think that’s a great way to promote good character development. Your child earns free games tokens by filling out one of the many Rewards Calendars that you’ll find here.
Do you live near a TD Bank? They have a summer reading program. Your child is required to read 10 books and log them on the summer reading form. $10 will then be deposited into her Young Saver Account. You can find more information here.
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