Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a free summer reading program or two!? My kids loved the free books so we used to do more than one program. I especially recommend programs that reward with BOOKS. (Updated for 2018.)
But first, you might want to know about these Imagination Soup resources:
Ready for the 2018 list of programs?
Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids
Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives as well as provides accountability. Here are all your options:
1. Your Public Library
Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer reading program off soon. Head down and get signed up. They will often have the chance to get free books or prizes. Plus, many local libraries will have story times and other activities during their summer reading program.
3. Barnes and Noble 2018
Download and print a Reading Journal. Read eight books and record them in the journal. Once it’s complete, take your journal to your local Barnes and Noble and get a free books. It couldn’t be easier. You can also find a printable parent’s guide with tips and fun literacy activities.
4. Pizza Hut and Candlewick Press BOOK IT
Sign up for weekly emails. The website gives book suggestions plus activities for each book. Of course, pizza as a reward is something kids can look forward to when they do this program.
5. Half-Price Books Feed Your Brain
Read for at least 15 minutes each day. Record your minutes and once you’ve read 300 minutes, you can turn your completed log in to your local store and earn $5 Half-Price Books Bucks. You can also find tips and printable books lists.
6. Lifeway Summer R.E.A.D.
Download the journal and bookmark. Lear about the quest and get recommended books. Visit the LifeWay stores at the end of the summer to select your prize– one of six books and a free Bible.
7. Chuck E. Cheese’s
This reading reward calendar earns tokens to Chuck E. Cheese’s.
8. No Time for Flashcards Mission: Make Reading Fun printable and prompts
No Time for Flashcards is on a mission to keep your kids reading this summer. You’ll find three months worth of printable calendars with a reading suggestion for each day such as “read a book that makes you laugh” or “read at the program.” Plus, follow along on Facebook for book recommendations and resources.
9. KCEdventures Genre Challenge for Summer Reading
Challenge your kids to explore new areas of the library. KCEdventures has created a bingo-style printable that coveres 15 different genres. Try to read at least one book from each and record them on the sheet.
10. YouTube Kids 20 Minutes a Day Challenge
Read along with picture books, songs, and more — with YouTube Kids videos.
Encourage your child to read this summer by participating in one of these programs. They may want to participate in a huge national program or maybe the local library summer reading program is more their speed. Maybe an individual challenge will motivate them the most.
For more help with reading comprehension, visit this post.
Summer Reading Lists by Grade Level:
Download these printables for summer learning here.
More Book Recommendations
If your child is a new reader, start with my favorite easy chapter books.
Download my "Can't Put 'Em Down" book lists for your kids ages 3 - 13.
Also, I'll send you a bonus "23 Reasons to Read" printable poster!