Free Summer Reading Programs With Prizes
Are you looking for ways to encourage your kids to read more this summer? Summer reading programs are one way to do that. All of these programs are free and most offer prizes to reward your child for reading. Kids can earn free books, pizza, and more for reading! Choose one (or several!) and keep your kids reading all summer.
Kids in grades 1st through 6th are awarded a free book for reading eight books over the summer. They will need to record the books they read in this printable journal and turn it in at any Barnes and Noble store between July 1 and August 31, 2022.
This program is open to students in Pre-K through 6th grade (ages 4-12). Parents set reading goals for June through August. When students meet their goals, they are rewarded with a certificate, good for a one-topping Personal Pan Pizza. They also offer the Book It! program during the school year from October through March. Each month kids can earn a free Personal Pan Pizza for meeting their reading goal. See their FAQs page for more information about both programs.
Kids choose any four books to read from the Summer Reading Adventure section, either in-store or online, and record the books in the printable logbook. Return the completed logbook to any store for a free pencil pouch.
With this program, children receive ten free Play Points (with food purchase) for reading every day for two weeks. Simply mark each day your child reads on this printable calendar and bring it to any location. This is a year-round program. Chuck E. Cheese also offers similar awards for good grades, doing chores, meeting other goals, birthdays, and other special occasions.
From May 9th through August 19th, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base. Home Base is a free digital destination that offers stories, games, and a community of readers. Kids read select ebooks, watch author read-alouds, attended virtual events, earn virtual rewards, and print reading achievement reports. Also, by completing reading streaks in Home Base, kids will unlock a donation of 100,000 books from Scholastic to Save the Children for kids in rural America with limited or no access to books.
TGTB is giving away free summer reading packs. Each pack includes a free book (to be used as the award for completing the program), two bookmarks, and a reading chart with stickers. There are three packs to choose from, each with a different book (for different reading levels). Shipping is only $1.49 per pack. This offer will only be available while supplies last, and they usually run out fast. Once all of the physical packs are gone, parents may download the reading chart and bookmarks to print at home and provide their own prize.
Teenagers can get two free audiobook downloads every week during the summer via Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Enter your email address to register, and you’ll be given instructions to download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
With this reading program, kids read ten books over the summer and record them on the reading log. Then, mail the completed log in, and they will receive a special prize. This program is open to Texas residents ages three through twelve.
Each Wednesday, kids get free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at the box office of participating locations. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age will also receive free admission without submitting a book report. The tickets must be reserved in advance online. Showcase Cinemas has locations in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Ohio.
CAP COM in New York offers a Fall (October 1 to November 30), Winter (February 1 to March 31), and Summer (July 1 to August 31) Reading Program each year for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are awarded $2 for each book read, up to 5 books per period. Simply fill out this form and mail it in or take it to any branch location. Based on their age, students will also need to submit a drawing or summary of each book.
Public libraries often offer a summer reading program, so check with your local library to see if they have one. Some libraries host educational events and storytimes over the summer. Many will also provide a prize for meeting summer reading goals.
If I missed any summer reading programs, please let me know in the comments.
Note: This post was originally published on May 13, 2021, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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