If your kids are looking for some extra motivation to log some reading hours this summer (2018), look no further. I’ve spent some time digging up some great free summer reading programs for kids!
Now, I did take the time looking through quite a few programs and some did not have prizes. I wanted to make sure that each one I highlighted did in fact have some sort of prize at the end! Here’s what I came up with.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
We wrote about Barnes and Noble’s summer reading program way back in April, but you might not quite have had summer reading on the brain, so I thought I’d remind you! When your kids read 8 books and log them in this downloadable journal, they can receive a free book! This program runs clear through September 3rd, so they’ve got some time to log that reading. For more information, please see Barnes and Noble.
Half Price Books Summer Reading Program
Once again, Half Price Books is offering a summer reading program! They have two programs: one for teens, and one for kids 14 and under. Log your reading minutes and then redeem for Half Price Bucks which can be spent on books in the store. For more information, please see Half Price Books.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza and Token Rewards
Did you know that Chuck E. Cheese’s has created a number of awesome charts to reward your kids for doing good things? These include homework charts, good eating charts, toothbrushing, and more. When parents log their kids’ good behavior for 2 weeks, they can earn 10 tokens as a reward! One of the charts is for reading and is good clear through December 31, 2018. I like that this chart is quick and easy – only 2 weeks in length.
King County Library Summer Reading Program
I love local library summer reading programs. They often team with local businesses to offer some really fantastic prizes. Plus, redemption is usually a snap because you have to go to the library anyways to check out all those reading books, right? This year is no exception. The King County program is offering two free Wild Waves passes as the mid-way prize for reading 500 minutes (wow!) and the finisher prize is a tote to color in (1000 minutes). Yes, adults can earn these super awesome prizes, too! Super generous. I also love that they have an adult summer reading program, too. The program kicks off July 1st and goes through August 31st. To learn more and register, head to King County Library’s website. You can also print out a child’s reading log, a teen’s reading log, and adult reading log right now!
Tacoma Library Summer Reading Program
Tacoma’s summer reading program kicked off in June and runs through August 11th. The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” To get started, you’ll need to pick up a bingo card at your local Tacoma library. Make a “bingo!” to collect a prize. This is another program that’s available for the entire family – small kids, teens, and even us adults (score!). I’m not seeing which prizes are available online, but the partners do include the Point Defiance Zoo, Narrows Plaza Bowl, Rainiers, and Auntie Anne’s, to name a few. (Maybe the prizes depend on the kind of “bingos” you achieve?) If you know more, I’d love to hear. In the meantime, you can learn a bit more and find a branch near you at the Tacoma Library website.
I’d love to hear if you’re aware of additional summer reading programs for 2018! Please leave a comment below.
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