Free Reading Programs

Free summer reading programs are a great way to get your kids reading throughout the summer. Many locations offer prizes for completing reading logs.

Here’s a few places that offer great FREE summer reading programs.

  • Barnes & NobleRead 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal. Bring your completed journal to a local Barnes & Noble store to get a FREE book from their summer reading list. (May 21-September 3, 2013)
  • BJU Press: Sign up on line and complete the reading logs. Once you complete the log, you’ll get a FREE surprise, plus be entered for additional prizes. (Through August 13, 2013)
  • Book AdventureFind books to read, pick them up at your local library, take an online quiz, and earn prizes.
  • Carmel LibraryThe summer reading program kicks off on June 3rd for infants through 5th grade. (June-July)
  • Chuck E. CheesePrint your certificate online and complete it, then take it into your local Chuck E. Cheese to get 10 FREE tokens as a reward.
  • Greenwood Public LibraryRead books and earn prizes from wonderful sponsors such as Kohl’s, City of Greenwood, Sam’s Club, and many more.
  • Half Price BooksRead for at least 15 minutes each day. Once you’ve read 15 minutes turn in your completed log to Half Price Books to earn Half Price Bookwork Bucks. (June-July)
  • Hamilton East Public LibraryRegistration begins June 1st for the Summer Reading Program. Complete the requirements for your age group to get prizes like coupons for local restaurants and attractions, treasure chest toys, books, and more.
  • Indianapolis Public LibraryThis summer reading program kicks off with a FREE concert on June 1, 2013. Space is limited for the concert, but not the reading program. (June-July)
  • Pizza HutCheck to see if your school is participating in the Pizza Hut Book-It program. If not, you can still download activities, recipes, and more for parents to host their own reading program at home.
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Children can grab a reading list from Pottery Barn Kids. Read all the books on the list to get a FREE prize. (May 16-August 26th, 2013)
  • Scholastic BooksLog the minutes you read online to earn rewards. Set weekly goals and enter their summer sweepstakes. Plus, take extra challenges for bonus rewards.
  • The Wild BookstoreStop by The Wild Bookstore in Noblesville to get a reading log. Read the required books per week to get a FREE ice pop. Limit one ice pop per week. (June 1-July 27, 2013)

Make sure to check out your public library for more summer reading programs near you!

Know of more great summer reading programs? Tell me about them below! Plus, don’t forget to check out  more fun things to do this summer in the Indiana Staycation 2013 series!

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Freebies | Free Books Read Online by Celebrities

by Beth Montgomery on September 5, 2012

in Freebies & Samples

My youngest daughter loves to read, but since she’s only in Kindergarten the books she can manage on her own are limited. I could spend all day reading to her and she’d never get bored.

We recently got introduced Read to Me where celebrities read children’s books online. It’s absolutely free. Izy and I are totally addicted, since many of the books we don’t own and haven’t read yet. Plus, when she finishes her homework and I’m helping her older sister, she can use the time to enjoy a few books by herself.

Right now your  kids can enjoy:

  • Duck and Cover read by Terry Factor
  • Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy read by Rita Rudner
  • Duck Soup read by Terry Factor
  • The Handy Girl Can Fix It read by Anna Marie Perez de Tangle (from Camp Rock 2)
  • When I was a Girl… I Dreamed read by Jordan Pruitt
  • Excuse Me read by Carrot Top
  • Bugtown Boogie read by Clint Homes & Kelly Clinton
  • Granny McFanny read by Chrissi Scinta
  • The Gum Chewing Rattler read by Las Vegas Mayer Oscar Goodman
  • Anansi Goes to Lunch read by Bobby & Sherry Norfold
  • Chrysanthemum read by Anna Marie Perez de Tangle (from Camp Rock 2)
  • Fancy Nancy read by Rita Rudner
  • Lilly’s Big Day read by Jordan Pruitt
  • BOB read by Terry Factor
  • A Soup Opera read by Frank Scinta

Hearing Impaired Books

  • Hooray Jose (for hearing impaired) read by Coach Lon Kruger
  • Mr. Walrus and the Old School Bus read by Coach Lon Kruger

Spanish Books

  • Ensonacion y el Jardin de Suenos read by Jorge Betancourt

Be sure to check out the current books, as well as the archived books. For homeschoolers, there’s also free lesson plans to match!

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Summer doesn’t mean the learning ends!   Your kids can earn a FREE Books for reading throughout the summer.   Here’s how:

  1. Read 8 books with your child (or let them read them, if they can)
  2. Track them in the Passport to Summer Reading
  3. Sign the Passport when it’s complete
  4. Bring your child into Barnes & Noble between May 25th and September 7th
  5. They’ll get a FREE book!

FREE books include, but are not limited to:

  • Curious George Cleans Up
  • My Trip to the Zoo
  • Ramona’s Wold
  • Freckle Juice
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • My Last Best Friend
  • And More!

Want more summer reading fun?   Try the Border’s Summer Reading Program too to earn another FREE book!

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FREE Borders Summer Reading Program

by Beth Montgomery on May 16, 2010

in Freebies & Samples, Holidays

School is almost out, but that doesn’t mean the learning should end!   Throughout the summer many libraries and other locations will have FREE Reading Programs where your child can get rewarded for reading.

Borders has launched their Double-Dog Dare program where kids 12 and under can earn FREE books.

Here’s how:

  1. Read any 10 books
  2. Download and print the form
  3. List the books you’re read on the form and fill out the information
  4. Bring the form into your local Borders to get your book

Choose from one of the following books:

  • Ramona the Brave
  • Miss Daisy is Crazy!
  • Flat Stanley
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw
  • Hoot
  • Ringlers Apprentice: The Ruins of Gortan
  • The Witch of Blackbird
  • Johnny Tremain
  • The River
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea

No purchase necessary.   Offer expires 8/26/10 and valid in-store only.   Redeemable at Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks.

Thanks Bargain Blessings!

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