A great way to keep your kids ready for the upcoming school year is to encourage them to read throughout the summer. Local libraries, bookstores, and other spots offer rewards for reading, like freebies, prizes, coupons, and more.
The books your kids read can count for more than one program, so sign up for as many as you think they’d enjoy (and be willing to track).
Nationwide Summer Reading Programs
- Barnes & Noble: Read any 8 books and record them in the Barnes & Noble Reading Journal available online. Bring it into any Barnes & Noble store to get a FREE book from their selection on the Reading Journal list.
- Book Adventure: It’s not a summer reading program, since it’s year long, but it’s such a great program to encourage kids to read, it’s worth a mention. Sign up with Book Adventure by Sylvan online and kids K-8 can find books, take quizzes on books they’ve read to test reading comprehension, and earn prizes! However, they do have a special Dog Days of Summer Reading Contest. Points you earn through Book Adventure will go towards your chance to win movie tickets, books, and more!
- Book It: Sponsored by Pizza Hut, Book It, invites children nationwide to join the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes. Any child age K-6 who read 5 books during the summer will be eligible to win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Summer Fun prize package.
- Chuck E. Cheese: Read one book a night for 2 weeks to get 10 FREE Chuck E. Cheese tokens with food purchase. Print the online rewards reading calendar and take it into your local Chuck E. Cheese when it’s completed.
- Half Price Books: Earn Half Price Book Back-to-School Bucks in June and July by joining the Half Price Books Summer Reading Program, open to kids ages 14 and under.
- PBS Kids Summer Reading Community Challenge: Join the 6-week summer reading community program starting June 18th. You’ll get daily emails to build literacy and activities from experts, plus book suggestions, free downloads, and a daily chance to win $1,000.
- Scholastic Summer Challenge: Log the minutes you spend reading this summer in the Scholastic Summer Challenge to win prizes!
Public Library Reading Programs
You can find a full list of Public Libraries in the Nationwide Public Libraries Database online to find more FREE Summer Reading Programs near you!
- Carmel Public Library: Starting May 29, visit the Carmel Reads website to print your reading record or pick one up at the Children’s Youth Services Department in the Carmel Public Library. Track reading and you’ll earn a prize each time you reach 4 hours of reading time. Collect prizes at the Children’s Tech Desk.
- Hamilton East Public Library: Starting June 11th and open to all ages (even adults), Hamilton East Public Library kicks off their Dream Big Read Summer Reading Program. Get more information online or sign up in the Youth Services Department.
- Indianapolis Marion County Public Library: Starting June 2nd, the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Summer Reading Program kicks off from 2 PM – 4 PM at the Central Library.
- Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library: Enjoy books in Braille, large print, and audio formats, then log them for the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Summer Reading Program. All participants will get a prize. Applications were due May 10th, but they state that even if your application is late, you are still eligible!
- Johnson County Library: Already in progress, the Johnson County Library Summer Reading Club takes place through August 4th. Print your Reading Log online and earn a prize book at the end of the year.
- Monroe County Public Library: Kicking off May 29th, children can participate through the Monroe County Public Libraries or the Bookmobile in the Summer Reading Program to earn prizes when you get up to 25 points!
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