It is that time of year again. The kiddos will soon be out of school and ready for a much-needed break. As a parent I know it is hard to keep them interested in reading all summer long but the summer brain drain is a real thing that we just cannot allow to happen. Below are some fun and really creative programs that will help and incentivize your children to read!
We Are Teachers put together this list of free summer reading programs to help keep kids reading and learning all summer long. There is also a free printable list of these programs that you can email to parents or send home in backpacks.
Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination – This program begins May 20, 2015, and runs through September 2. Kids can earn a FREE book after they read eights books and log them on the reading sheet. This is for grades K–5.
Book Adventure – This is a free program offered by Sylvan Learning. Kids in grades K–8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Prizes include chocolate bars, temporary tattoos, Highlights magazine and more.
Chuck E. Cheese’s – Earn 10 FREE tokens each time your child reads for two weeks in a row. Complete the form to claim the free tokens. A food purchase is required.
Half Price Books – Kids who read a total of 300 minutes each month can earn $5 Back to School Bucks with the Feed Your Brain program. Parents may read to kids who are still learning.Download a printable reading log. This program runs through July, and the HPB Bookworm Bucks coupons are valid through August 27.
PBS Kids Summer Reading Camp – PBS is teaming up with to offer a Summer Reading Camp. They have everything you need to host 10 fun weeks of reading camp. There is a new theme each week with topics like bugs, heros, music, animals and more!
Pizza Hut Book It! Program – This program has free reading adventure packs for parents to download, read and do activities. There are also recipes for children that tie back to certain books. Schools can win free pizza for participating. Homeschoolers can also enter this program.
Pottery Barn Kids – They offer free story time for kids on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. After kids attend five story times, they get a free gift. Plus, throughout the summer, families are invited to read each book at the weekly story time. Kids receive a free book after they finish reading all of the books on the list.
Public Libraries – Check your local library for more free reading programs with activities and incentives for kids of all ages. Most libraries also have story times and other reading-themed activities.
Scholastic Summer Challenge – Children can log in their reading minutes and earn rewards. Students can participate individually or as part of their school. The school that logs the most minutes reading will get a visit from the author of the Captain Underpants series. This program runs through September 5, 2015.
TD Bank – Kids can read 10 books this summer, then log them on the free summer reading log. Take the completed form in to your nearest TD Bank and get $10 deposited into your new or existing young savers account.
Bonus #11: 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. This program will open up again in the fall. I’ll be sure to remind you once it’s open again.
You can find We Are Teachers printable list of programs here. Print it and tuck it into backpacks or save it and email it to parents. You can also give students an end-of-year gift to encourage reading. We found several sets of printable bookmarks you can make. Just print, cut and add a simple yarn tassel.