There are some great summer reading programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books and other prizes!
Here is a roundup for programs available to families in Minnesota (for the full national list, check out this list from Saving Dollars and Sense!).
AudioFile SYNC – Teens age 13 and up can download two audiobooks each week for FREE.
Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.
Half Price Books – For kids and teens! Kids 14 or younger who read 15 minutes per day and reach a total of 300 minutes can claim Bookworm Bucks. Have your child take their completed reading log to their local store to earn Bookworm Bucks before August 29th. Teens can earn Bookwork Bucks by reading books and reviewing them.
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. (UPDATE – the physical kits are no longer available, but you can download the complete Reading Log and Activity Brochure.)
Lifeway Christian Stores – They have a Summer Reading Program hosted by Doug, the Slug, and Sparky, the Bug, of Slugs & Bugs from June 3 to Aug. 31. Their mission is to help kids and your family promote the love of reading as well as encouraging the love of God’s Word through reading His Scripture. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6 and even toddlers, ages 1 to 5, but all are welcome to join in the adventure.
Chuck E. Cheese – Earn FREE tokens every time your child reads. Just print off a Reading Rewards Calendar and get 10 free play points when it’s filled out and turned in. (They have other rewards for kids as well, including silly ones like a “No Nose Picking Calendar” for preschoolers!)
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes! Pre-registration begins Monday, April 8th. Kids can enter minutes from Monday, May 6th until Friday, September 6th.
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.
Another program is the Pizza Hut Book-It Program. This existed when I was a kid and is still going strong! Kids who read can earn a free personal pan pizza. They also have free printables for summer fun.
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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 the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes. Visit the MELSA website to learn more about the summer Bookawocky programs in local Twin Cities area libraries!
One more (though not available in Minnesota):
Amazon’s Summer Reading Program (NOT AVAILABLE IN MINNESOTA) -Kids can read 8 books this summer, keep track and bring back their list to an amazon retail store by September 10th, and then get a Star Reader Certificate and choice of a free book. For kids K-8. Check where the amazon retail store locations are.
Programs like these are a great way to encourage our 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!