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Reading every night before bedtime has been a tradition in our family since my children were born. Every evening my children pick two books for mom and dad to read to them while we snuggle up together in bed. However, in the summer, I like to up the ante and encourage my children participate in one or more Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids. Some programs are local, while others are nationwide.
Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids
Did you know that on average students lose 2 months of reading skills over the summer? So to combat this trend, there are several Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids that you can sign your children up for right now.
In addition to this list of 9 free summer reading programs, many local libraries also host summer reading programs for kids. I encourage you to stop by and sign your children up. In the past, my children have won prizes to such places as BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com.
Using Sylvan’s Learning Book Adventure, readers in grades K-8 not only receive the satisfaction of reading a book from cover to cover, they also earn rewards for taking online quizzes to demonstrate their comprehension of the books they’ve read. This motivational approach to learning is proven to help build a love of reading that lasts a lifetime! To set up an account for your child, visit here. Kids earn prizes online and then redeem them via snail mail for prizes from the Balloon HQ, Gripper Products, Highlights Magazine, IGOR™, Patch Products, Quiz Hub, The Reading Stage in concert with Playbooks, Inc., Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Whitney Worldwide.
Parents can visit the Barnes & Noble website and download the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal for children to participate. Throughout the summer, children read three books, fill out their reading journal and then take it to any Barnes & Noble Bookstore to receive a free book. You are also welcome to join the Triathlon Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, June 4th at a local store near you. This year’s Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program runs from May 17 – September 6, 2016.
With the Pizza Hut Summer Reading Challenge, children can beat the “summer slide” by downloading and printing Pizza Hut’s summer activities that keep kids reading throughout the summer months. Parents and teachers can choose from book lists to book reviews to story starters. Pizza Hut also partnered with Candlewick Press to bring children a great list of summer reading activities. Don’t forget to also sign up for Pizza Hut’s Book It Homeschooling Program too.
The 7th annual New York Times Summer Reading contest is just for students ages 13-19. Students are able to tell the NYTimes why they loved or disliked a particular piece and each week they publish the best comments. The NYTimes.com has a digital subscription system in which gives readers free access to 10 articles each month.
This summer select American Girl locations will feature in-store Summer Reading Bookmark crafts. Girls can make and decorate a pretty bookmark inspired by American Girl activity books. These events are free and open to the public for girls 8 and up. Also, from May 1 through August 26, American Girl will donate $1 from every book purchased through American Girl to Save the Children’s US Literacy Program.
Children create an account (per their parent’s permission) on Scholastic’s website and log their reading times into the system. Prizes are awarded throughout the course of the program and kids get a chance to beat the world record. The program runs from May 9 through September 9, 2016. The Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip Bus plans to be in the LA area at Vroman’s Bookstore at June 28 and Children’s Book World on July 2.
Chuck E. Cheese’s has a cool free Reading Rewards Program on their website. Parents can download Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Bookmarks and use it to motivate their children to read this summer. For each book that your child reads, they can receive 5 Chuck E. Cheese’s tokens to redeem at a location near them. Chuck E. Cheese ‘s Reading Rewards Calendar is another program where kids can earn 10 free Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks.
PBS Kids Summer Reading Camp
PBS offers a free Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading Camp through Education.com. They have everything you need to host 10 fun weeks of reading camp. There is a new theme each week with topics like bugs, heroes, music, animals and more!
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.
Happy Summer Reading!