One thing that my husband and I believe is important is to keep skills, such as reading, as keen as possible all summer long. There are several great summer reading programs available to encourage your child(ren) to do the same.
Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading: This one requires kids to read eight books an then make a short recommendation on each one. They can then turn in their completed Summer Reading form at a store and choose a free book from this list!
Bob Jones University: Children ages 4 – 17 can participate in this fun program. First, you will want to find the reading requirements and even review the suggested reading lists. Then, print out a log for your child’s age group. You will determine the goal which can be to read for a select number of minutes or number of pages on a daily basis. As your child reaches his/her goal, the log is updated. At the end of 40 days, Once they have completed the log, your will submit the completion form and mail it in (prior to August 19, 2014). Prizes are awarded for completing the program while supplies last.
Borden’s Milk. Purchase select products and you can download a Free Judy Moody book! Get details here.
Each child who completes the reading requirements will receive a free completion prize (while supplies last). Within each age group, 3 children will be selected to win a tote bag full of JourneyForth novels ($75 value). Parents will be given the opportunity to enter their family (one entrant per eligible child) for an opportunity to win the grand prize drawing: a free Kindle Fire and $50 worth of free JourneyForth eBooks (approximately $250 value). Winners will be notified by phone or email and will be announced on the Summer Reading website on September 3rd.
Chuck E Cheese: Your child can keep track of their reading thruogh one of the rewards calendars. Once they have completed two weeks of reading he or she can submit the completed Chuck E Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens!
Half Price Books: Kids should read (or be read to) for at least 15 minutes a day during June and July. Once they read 300 minutes, they can turn in their log and earn $5 in Half Price Books Bookworm bucks. They will also award one reader in each age group a $20 Half Price Books gift card.
Local Libraries: Be sure to check with your local library to see what sort of summer reading program is offered. A quick search on my local library’s website helped me find out that my library offers tickets to a local water park for participating in the program!
Pizza Hut Book-It Program. This program is offered to schools – including home schooling parents.
Pottery Barn Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge. Once the 2014 Bookmark has been released, you can download it and have your kids read the books listed. You can track their progress all summer long. At the end of the summer, you can take your completed certificate to your local store and get a free book – and a chance to win a backpack full of books!
Scholastic’s Summer Challenge: Kids can keep track of their reading minutes by logging in. In return, they can enter to win various sweepstakes. Right now, teachers can get signed up, but it will open up soon to everyone, including parents. As soon as they release all of the details, including the prizes, I will update it here!
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays (select locations): Each Wednesday, kids can bring in a book report (unless you are six and under and then admission will be free) – which will be cost of admission! The list hasn’t been released yet this year, but once it is, we’ll update it!
Sylvan’s Book Adventure Program: This program is for children in grades K-8. The search online for books and then find them in the library (or bookstore) and read them. Then, they come back and take quiz about the book and are rewarded with prizes for their reading success.
TD Bank: This offer is back again this year! When your child reads 10 books, he or she will earn $10 towards his/her savings account!
*In past years, there has been a program. Details haven’t been released yet as to if they will offer this for 2014 or not, but once they do, I will be sure to update this post.