Summer is a great time to foster a love of reading in kids, and luckily there are all kinds of summer reading programs for kids to help you encourage your little bookworms. Some programs offer printable charts, prize drawings and even free books for participation, as well as resources for parents like book suggestions and ways to get kids fired up about reading.
Here’s our roundup of summer reading programs for kids, with a special emphasis on programs for our Twin Cities readers. Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to this list.
Summer Reading Programs for Kids 2017
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading ProgramÃ‚ is perhaps the best deal of the bunch: Kids in grades 1-6 read any eight books and record them in their Summer Reading Journal, turn the record in to their local Barnes and Noble store, and earn a free book (they can choose from several for each grade level).Ã‚ Limit one free book per customer during the course of the promotion, which runs from May 16 to September 5.
Chuck E. Cheese’s
Print a chart and record reading efforts every day for two weeks to receive 10 free tokens atÃ‚ Chuck E. Cheese’sÃ‚ (with food purchase). Offer expires 12/31/17.
Half Price Books
WithÃ‚ Half Price Books’ Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program, kids 14 and under read 15 minutes per day to earn Bookworm Bucks once 300 minutes are recorded. Kids can complete one reading log per monthÃ‚ (June and July). The bonus coupons are valid throughÃ‚ August 31.
Children can read to earn a free book and a new free Bible with LifeWay’s R.E.A.D. program this summer. To complete the program, kids read six books and memorize six Scripture verses, then turn in a completed summer reading journal at their local LifeWay store. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6, but all are welcome to join.
Mensa for Kids
Kids receive a commemorative certificate and a Mensa for Kids t-shirt when they complete theÃ‚ Excellence in ReadingÃ‚ program for their specific ability-level segment. Find out more information onÃ‚ the Mensa for Kids website.
TheÃ‚ Scholastic Summer ChallengeÃ‚ involves registering your children on the Scholastic website where they can record their reading to win chances at prizes. The site also lets kids log reading time under their school name so that their school can compete with other schools. This program runs from May 8 – September 8.
Sylvan Book Adventure
Sylvan Book AdventureÃ‚ is ongoing, so it’s not specifically a summer program, but it’s worth mentioning if it will get your kids motivated. Book Adventure lists books to read, and when kids take short quizzes about the books, they earn points. The points can then be traded for small prizes like temporary tattoos, eBook downloads, or free candy bars.
Twin Cities Programs
Local Library Reading Programs
Summer reading programs for youth are also offered at a number of libraries throughout the Twin Cities metro area. The programs often incorporate prizes or free or low-cost events and entertainment along with logging reading to earn prizes. Libraries offering summer reading fun include the following:
- Anoka County Public Library
- Carver County Public Library
- Dakota County Public Library
- Hennepin County Public Library
- Ramsey County Public Library
- Scott County Public Library
- St. Paul Public Library
- Washington County Public Library
Red Balloon Bookshop
Red Balloon’s 2017 Summer Reading Program kicks off June 4 as part of the Grand Old Day celebration. We’ll update this post with more information when we get more details.
Know of any other summer reading programs? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list.