2018 FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids
Have you taken advantage of FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids yet? Encouraging your child to read is one of the biggest and best things you can do for his/her education – and it’s especially important during the summer months. Discover books that your child loves – and create fun places to read (blanket fort, backyard blanket, hammock, park) and reading won’t seem like work at all!
Check out the huge list of Summer Reading Programs available this year. You’ll find a number of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash! It’s a recipe for summer reading fun!
2nd & Charles Super Summer Reading Challenge – Get 10 stamps for reading books in the various categories AND by attending 2nd & Charles store events and you’ll get a pre-loved book (up to $10 value) FREE! (ends August 1, 2018)
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program – Kids from grades 1-6 can read 8 books this summer, complete the reading journal and select a FREE book from Barnes & Noble. (through September 3. 2018)
Chuck E. Cheese -Kids can earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks (a food purchase may be required). Ask about the Reading with Chuck E. program at your local Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Create Your Own Family Program – Decide together on reading goals and create a chart to track progress. Set points for minutes read, pages read or books read. A Google search can help you find a printable reading rewards sheet. Kids redeem their points for rewards like having a friend over, going on a family picnic or out for ice cream, staying up late, baking together, etc. Print a great summer reading challenge printable bookmark or a summer reading log.
Lifeway Summer R.E.A.D. Program – Kids in grades 1-6 (and even toddlers ages 1-5) can read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses, then turn in a completed summer reading journal at your local LifeWay store to earn a free book and a new free Bible. (June 1 – August 31)
Half Price Books – Kids ages 14 and under can earn a $5 HPB Gift Card (Bookworm Bucks) for reading just 15 minutes each day. Earn a reward each month during June and July.
Local Public Library – Don’t forget to check out your local library to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. Most programs include FREE books & prizes – and are worth your time! (You’ll want to visit your library anyway to find books to read for the other reading programs!)
Scholastic Summer Challenge – Log reading minutes on the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes! (May 7 – September 7, 2018)
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket to a select movie from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report. Children under six who accompany a participant AND adults who accompany a participant receive free admittance to the Bookworm Wednesdays movie and do not need to sumbit a book report. (July 11 – August 1, 2018)
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.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and kids in grades K-5 will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE! (through August 31, 2018)
Programs like these are a great way to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer months. If you know of any other programs that aren’t listed here, please feel free to leave the information in a comment below.