Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage children to read throughout the summer, and many summer reading programs offer rewards to help keep kids motivated to read all summer long. After all, what kid doesn’t love free stuff?
Did you know if your child reads just one book per month for 12 straight months, they would be in the top 25 percentile of intellectuals for their age! And, if your child read just 15 minutes a day — every day, for one year — they could complete 20 books! Those are some pretty amazing statistics.
But you say you’re not sure what books to get for your child’s age? Don’t fret, I’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of our favorite 30 Short Chapter Books for Pre-K through Grade 3, and a list of our favorite Early Reading Books for Elementary School Children.
Now that you have your book list in hand, go check out these fun, free, and rewarding summer reading programs to encourage your kiddos to keep reading all summer long! And don’t be afraid to complete more than one program either.
Free Summer Reading Programs Kids Love
Local Library - Many local libraries offer summer reading programs for kids and adults to encourage reading throughout the summer.
The Sacramento County Public Library celebrates summer reading with programs for all ages during their Reading is So Delicious program. Read 5 books and complete 3 activities, then return their free printable activity sheet to any Sacramento County Public Library branch to receive a prize. Prizes range from a free book for kids, a reusable book bag for adults, and if you keep reading all summer long you could win the grand prize drawing of a $100 Target gift card (1 per library location) or an iPad mini (1 per age group).
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Barnes and Noble: Imagination Destination – Read any 8 books and record them in the Barnes and Noble Imagination Destination downloadable reading journal. Bring the completed reading journal to any B&N store to choose a FREE BOOK from their selection on the reading journal list.
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge - Download the Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge bookmark reading list, or browse their book lists on their website. Read all summer long and track your child’s progress on their downloadable Progress Tracker Poster (or pick one up at a local store). Reward your reading champion with a downloadable Certificate of Completion, a free book from your local PBK store, and enter to win a backpack full of books.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Reward Calendars – Read for two weeks straight, complete and submit your Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards Calendar (available online) and receive 10 FREE tokens.
Sylvan Book Adventure - Kids in grades K-8 can search for books and read them offline, then go back to the Sylvan Book Adventure site to take a quiz on the book they read, and earn prizes for the reading success.
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program - Kids 14 and under can earn Half Price Books Bookworm Bucks when they read for at least 15 minutes per day during June and July, log their time, and have their parents initial each week. Once your child has read 300 minutes, simply turn in your completed log to earn $5 Bookworm Bucks for each month. One top reader per age group will receive a $20 HPB gift card!
Visit each summer reading program’s website for complete information, including program dates and restrictions.
What is your favorite way to encourage summer reading for your children?