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Free Summer Reading Programs

All around the country, local public libraries are gearing up for their Dig into Reading 2013 summer reading campaign.  And while this annual reading celebration is a great outlet for encouraging summer reading by offering age-appropriate prizes and reading-themed events, it’s not the only nation-wide program promoting literacy.  Here are a several more free reading programs dedicated to helping children…homeschoolers included…keep reading through the summer months.

Summer Reading at Barnes and Noble– Read 8 books, document them on a downloadable reading journal, and bring it in to earn a FREE BOOK from a a preselected group of books.

Book Adventure by Sylvan Learning– Choose a book from a suggested reading list, read it, take a short on-line comprehension quiz, and earn a prize.

Chuck E. Cheese– Read every day for 2 weeks, fill out the printable calendar, and redeem it for 10 free game tokens.

Have Book- Will Travel by the Department of Defense– Military families are invited to participate in MWR libraries’ summer reading program at military bases and installations worldwide.  For more information or to sign up, email [email protected].

Summer Reading Challenge by Pottery Barn– Choose books from a suggested reading list.  Read all summer to complete the list and earn a prize.  The challenge begins May 16th and runs through August 26th.

The Summer Challenge by Scholastic– Log time spent reading to earn digital rewards and be registered to win sweepstakes-style prizes at the end of the summer.  The fun started on May 6th, but there’s still time to register.

Bookworm Wednesday by Showcase Cinema– Every Wednesday from July 10 through August 7th, bring in a completed book report form (free to download) and earn one free admission to a select Bookworm Wednesday movie.

Read-a-Palooza by American Girl– Girls of all ages are invited to read American Girl books from May 1st through September 3rd.  $1 of every book purchased will be donated to Save the Children’s U.S. Literacy Program.

Feed Your Brain by Half Price Books– Kids 14 and under who read or are read to at least 15 minutes a day during the months of June and July can redeem every 300 minutes for a $5 gift card to half price books.


While it may be simple to sign up for a summer reading program, it’s not always easy to find good quality literature to read.  If you are looking for some well-worth-reading titles to suggest to your kids or to enjoy reading together, be sure to check out the following:

Great Read Alouds for Lower to Mid Elementary

13 Books to Read Aloud in 2013

Summer Read Aloud Goals

Modern Literature Teens Should Read

Summer Reading List

Last Year’s Book List

Do your children participate in a summer reading program?  Which ones have you enjoyed?  Did we miss any? Be sure to share in the “comments” section.  Let’s help each other!

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