Summer Reading Programs are a great way to keep that love of learning a books going for your kids in over the summer as they can earn free books and other fun stuff too!
You can do a “google” search for different programs in your area — I suggest starting with your public library!
Ours has a different theme each year and a booklet that they get. Each week, you bring it back for a stamp and little gift, with a grand prize at the end of the 8 weeks. Our local aquatic center has a giant party that the kids earn admission to…but along the way they earn free pizza, stickers, pumpkin patch admissions and more! Add a few of the following and you can really rake in the goodies as a positive reinforcement for a great lifelong habit. (I am talking about Sun Prairie, WI)
My next favorite is Half Price Books.
Half-Price Books “Feed Your Brain” – where your kids can make money on reading! Kids under 14 can earn free $5 Half Price Books gift cards for reading just 15 each day throughout the summer!
Then, add on the Barnes ‘N Noble program!
Kids can earn a FREE book for reading 8. Learn more HERE. They even have a suggested reading list that is age appropriate, and the program is for kids entering grades 1-6.
Let’s talk Chuck E. Cheese has a reading program too, but you have to make a purchase to redeem the reading forms for the game tokens – so it isn’t really a FREE program. You can read more HERE
New this year — June B Jones reading club and FREE book! Check it out HERE – while supplies last.
I think that covers all the programs that we can dip into … unless you know of any others?
What is the bottom line?
Keep the kiddo’s reading over the summer! Their little brains need to keep active until school starts back up.