In about a month, school will be out and kids will be all about the summer – playing outside, eating ice cream and no classes or homework. Reading is something that kids should keep up all year and enjoy it, and as parents we should encourage them to read all year long so it doesn’t become something that is only associated with school. There are many summer reading programs that will reward kids and give them incentives to read all summer long! (Note – many of these summer reading programs are available on Long Island, but they are also available regionally or nationally – click through the links to see if the programs are available in your area.)
Summer Reading Programs for Kids
- Check with your local libraries to find out what they have planned for summer reading programs for kids. If you live on Long Island, you can find your libraries in both Nassau and Suffolk counties here.
- Once again, this summer, TD Bank will pay kids to read by depositing $10 into a new or existing Young Saver account for any child who reads 10 books this summer. Kids will need to print out the summer reading form, write down the names of the books they’ve read, take the form to the nearest TD bank and watch for $10 to be deposited! This program is valid from June 1 through August 31, 2015 and kids must be in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
- Scholastic is looking to set a new world record for reading minutes in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Kids are challenged to log the minutes they spend reading each day between May 4 and September 4, 2015 to be eligible to win some fantastic prizes. Schools with the most minutes logged will receive a visit from a popular author! Check the website because in addition to being the place for kids to log their reading, there are also free book lists, activities, tips & resources for parents and teachers.
- Chuck E. Cheese locations are featuring I Can Read! Books from HarperCollins Publishers for weekly “Reading with Chuck E.” events at participating locations in May and June. Chuck E. Cheese and a cast member will lead the reading of the selected book at 11am and 6pm every Tuesday, beginning in May. May’s book will be Danny and the Dinosaur but Syd Hoff and June’s book will be Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer. You can also visit their website and print free rewards calendars for anything from a clean room to table manners to reading (there’s actually one for “no nose picking” too!) and mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. When it’s completed, bring the calendar to Chuck E. Cheese’s and your child will receive 10 free tokens as a reward!
- Kids in kindergarten through 8th grade can participate in Sylvan’s Book Adventure program and earn points for reading that they can later cash in for prizes. Kids can choose from a list of books that are each assigned point values and then take a quick quiz about the book to earn points for questions answered correctly. As they rack up points, they can choose their prizes. It’s a great way to encourage both reading and comprehension over the summer.
- If your young daughter is anything like mine, she is constantly talking about American Girl. Well this year, American Girl is running their own reading program, Read-a-palooza, and are encouraging parents to share the joy of reading two days this summer – get your girl the books she loves and give others the chance to learn as well! From May 1 through August 26, they will donate $1 of every book purchased through American Girl (up to $100,000) to Save The Children’s U.S. Literacy Program. There are great American Girl activities and print outs to go along with the reading on their website.
- Barnes & Noble has brought back their summer reading program – Imagination’s Destination. Kids can choose a free book when they read 8 books between May 19 and September 7, 2015. Record the books read in the reading journal (download a PDF version here), turn in the completed journal at a Barnes & Noble store and choose a free book from the list of titles available. To encourage even more reading, Barnes & Noble has summer reading recommendations for all ages starting at 3 years old and activities for parents to work on with the kids. Long Island Barnes & Noble locations are Carle Place, East Northport, Manhasset, Massapequa, Lake Success, Bay Shore and Lake Grove.
- Pizza Hut will be asking kids to participate in the Book It! Pizza Hut’s Spark Your Greatness Summer Reading Challenge starting June 22, 2015. As the program gets closer, additional details will be released.*
- Kids who bring a book report to a Showcase Cinemas movie theater between July 8 and July 29, 2015 will receive free admission to the movie through the Bookworm Wednesdays program. Weekly movies to be shown are Rio 2, Penguins of Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Annie. (Note: Click through the link for participating locations).
Will your kids be participating in any summer reading programs this summer? Have we missed any summer reading programs that you love? Let us know!
**At the time this post was written, Pizza Hut has not yet released all information about their summer reading program. As this information is released, we will add it to this post.**
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