Summer Reading Programs for Kids

While summertime means fun and play for most, it should not be an excuse to stop learning. (Truly, learning should be lifelong—for kids and adults!) Here are 5 summer reading programs for kids, available around the country:

1. Books-A-Million

Read any 4 books from their Summer Reading Adventure section and receive a Free Pencil Case with pencils in store.

2. Barnes & Noble

Earn 1 free book after reading any 8 books and recording them in a journal.

3. Half Price Books

When kids read for 300 minutes during both June and July, they’ll get a free $5.00 gift card per month. That’s only 15 minutes per day—very reasonable goal.

4. Chuck E. Cheese

Kids can earn free 10 tokens after reading each day for 2 weeks. In addition to reading, they have many other reward charts available for good behavior in other areas. 

5. Six Flags

Intended for kids in grades K-6 who complete six hours of recreational reading. The prize is a free ticket to Six Flags!

Along with these nationwide programs, don’t forget to check your local library. Most have their own and some offer really nice gifts. My family has gotten free books, McDonald’s coupons, and an invite to an End-of Summer kids party. 

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