Summer is the perfect opportunity to jump start your kids’ interest in reading or keep them reading. See this year’s current reading programs.
Summer is the perfect opportunity to jump start your kids’ interest in reading, or keep them reading if it’s something they already enjoy. Summer reading programs are plenty, so you’ve got lots of incentive out there in the form of prizes and awards to keep your kids interested.
Reading not only keeps them interested in books, but it will also give them some downtime to relax and curl up with a good book. PLUS… this quiet time will help you (My Favorite Part). Maybe you can clean the house for a few minutes or even cook dinner. Sounds great, right? Reading programs are a bonus for everyone. Time to get your kids signed up today.
Below you’ll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids’ free stuff like free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more.
Plus Don’t forget to check out your local library. I know ours offers a great program that we participate in every year.
2020 Summer Reading Programs for Kids
Applebees – (New York & Connecticut only). Select locations offer a reading-focused reward program that encourages students ages 10 or younger to read (and record) at least 10 books on their Bookworm Club record card. This program can be used by schools and/or libraries as educators deem fit.
Once a student completes all 10 books, they will earn a free kid’s meal at participating Applebee’s locations (when accompanied by an adult making a purchase)
Audio Books – Audio Book Sync is giving teens ages 13+ two FREE audio books downloads every week. Hold on… read that again… a FREE AUDIOBOOK EVERY SINGLE WEEK during the summer! (New titles are released every Thursday.)
I personally love listening to audiobooks, they are so captivating! My kids love this program because it still “counts” as reading, even though they are actually listening.
Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program requires kids to read eight books and record them in a reading journal. Turn in your completed Reading Journal and choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.
Books-A-Million – This summer, when you read any four books from the Books-A-Million Summer Reading Challenge selection in-stores and online, you’ll receive a FREE Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack! Note that you must present the completed reading journal in-store to receive the freebie, while supplies last.
Cap Com Credit Union-Year Round & Summer Reading Programs – Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 can earn up to $10 ($2 per book) by reading! You can take part in this reading program all year long and earn up to $30 per year! For reading?!!
You can submit the request form at any Cap Com branch location or by simply emailing the form to them as well. Talk about an easy $30!
Chuck E Cheese Summer Reading Program offers a Reading Rewards Calendar (along with several other rewards calendars). Once a child has completed two weeks of reading, he or she can submit the completed Chuck E. Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens.
Half Price Books – From June 1st through July 31st, 2019, kids ages 14 and under a chance to earn $5 Bookworm Bucks(store credit) to use in the store whenever they’ve read 300+ minutes. Just download and use this reading log, add up your minutes, and have a parent/guardian initial each week.
Then bring the reading log to your local Half Price Books to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 29th, 2019. Each child can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks for the month of June AND $5 for July.
More Summer Reading Programs Continued.
Junie B Jones Reading Club – Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card while supplies last.
Local Public Library – Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through our local library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.
Pizza Hut Book It! Program. This program offers free reading adventure packs for parents to download. Kids can read, do activities and create recipes for based on certain books and more. You can enter your zip code and see if your local school has requested participation. It looks like schools can win free pizzas for participating. I remember participating in this one myself. It has been around for a long time. Homeschoolers can also enter this program!
Scholastic’s Summer Reading Program lets kids log their reading minutes to win digital prizes. They can also enter sweepstakes for gifts like Klutz books and other fun rewards. Parents can register along with their children to track progress.
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.
Six Flags Read to Succeed – K-6 students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading approved by their parents and teachers are eligible for free admission to their nearest theme park.
Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program called Book Adventure encourages children to read books and then take online quizzes over the books to earn points. These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD’s, and games.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program (some local programs have been canceled for 2020 – please check with your local bank) will deposit $10 into a Young Savers account when your child reads at least 10 books and submits his reading list. (You must have either an existing Young Savers account or be willing to open one for your child.)
Keeping your kids active this summer
There are lots of options to keep the kids learning and engaged during the summer! Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months.
Does anyone else know of other programs for 2020? I will keep this list updated as new ones pop up, so be sure to check back often! Have a great summer.