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Summer Reading Programs motivate kids to read over the summer vacation. Adults can help prevent summer slide by providing students with 5+ good fit books.
These 14 summer programs are sure to get all readers excited about reading.
1. Public Libraries
Most public libraries host a free reading program to encourage summer reading. Check with your local library for more information.
Kids earn a free book for reading eight books and writing a summary. Download and print the summer reading journal or visit the nearest Barnes & Noble store.
Program Dates: 8/1-8/31
Kids earn a Star Reader Certificate for reading eight books over the summer.
Program Dates: Ends 9/2
Kids unlock digital rewards for entering their reading minutes and completing weekly reading challenges.
Program Dates: 5/6-9/6
Kids earn prizes for reading five books and completing weekly reading activities.
Program Dates: 6/22-8/15
Kids earn ten free play tokens for reading daily. Download and print the reading rewards calendar.
Program Dates: Year-Round
Students earn a Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack (while supplies last) for reading four books from the summer reading adventure section and writing a summary. Download and print the summer reading adventure journal.
Head to your nearest Pottery Barn Kids for weekly storytime, activities, and more. Kids receive a special gift after becoming a book club member and attending five events.
Program Dates: Every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
Kids earn $10 in a new or existing TD Simple Savings Account for reading ten books and completing the summer reading form. Visit Wow
Program Dates: 6/1-8/31
Kids win prizes for reading books and writing reviews. The top ten participants will be eligible to win a prize pack of eight books. The next 25 top participants will be eligible to win a $10 gift card. Download and print the parental consent form to participate.
Program Dates: 5/14-8/18
Kids earn Bookworm Bucks for reading 300 minutes and completing a reading
Teens can earn Bookworm Bucks for reading books and writing short reviews.
Program Dates: 6/1-7/31
12. Showcase Cinemas
Kids earn free admission to Bookworm Wednesdays at 10 AM for reading books and writing book reports. Students must present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission.
Program Dates: 7/8-7/29
Students choose anything published on NYTimes.com that sparked their interest and tell why. At the end of the week, judges will publish selected responses.
Program Dates: 6/14-8/23
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Use the OverDrive app to download two free audiobooks every week over the summer.
Program Dates: 4/25-8/01