June 11, 2013

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Summer Reading Programs

Don't forget to sign up your kids and possibly yourself for your local summer reading programs at your local library.    I signed up for an adult reading program (at my local library) and each week I submit what books I finished.   I did the same thing last year and won a gift-card!

Half Price Books - Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed log to earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month.
  4. We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize - a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

iVillage Summer Reading Community Challenge 

Keep your kids reading and learning all summer long with the iVillage Summer Reading Community Challenge
    Join the free 4-week program and starting June 17 you’ll get daily emails filled with:
  • -- Literacy-building tips from the experts at Sprout
  • -- Games and activities to help foster a love of reading
  • -- Printables and crafts to share with your kids
  • -- A daily chance to win great prizes
Help your child discover the joys of reading. Sign up now!

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Here's how you can get involved:

Help your kids sign-up at www.scholastic.com/summer

Read, log minutes and possibly earn rewards!

Chuck E. Cheese – Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the form and bring it in to a participating Chuck E Cheese claim your free tokens.

Barnes and Noble Kids Summer Reading Program

Here Is How:

Step 1.  Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal  (PDF).

Step 2.  Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
Find a Store.

Step 3.  Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!
*Eligible books will be listed on the coupon. Choices must be made from available stock. No special orders. Limit of one (1) form per school-age child (grades 1-6), please. Incomplete form will be ineligible for free books.

Calling all kids between Kindergarten – 8th grade, sign up for the Sylvan Book Adventure Club! Whenever your kids read and finish a book found here, they can take an online quiz and earn points to redeem for prizes!

Quizzes aren't too hard and give around 200 points (if all questions are answered correctly). Then let the kids save their points for a prize from the Prize Library!

TD Bank Summer Reading Program for Kids

It’s easy! Here’s what participating kids need to do:

1. Read 10 books this summer. See suggestions.
2. Print out the Summer Reading Form
3. Write down the names of the books they've read
4. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
5. Watch $10 be deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account

More programs and Resources

Pottery Barn Kids: PBS KIDS is working with Pottery Barn Kids this summer to highlight the importance of reading through the Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge.  From May 24 through August 26, families can find activities and tips from PBS KIDS, including a “PBK Favorites” booklist, certificate of completion and bookmark, in stores and online at www.potterybarnkids.com/read. Children that complete the list and bring it to a Pottery Barn Kids location will receive a free book, or parents can enter their child into an online drawing for a backpack full of books. Additionally, PBS KIDS will be providing tips to help families create a literate home at participating Pottery Barn Kids retail locations and on the Summer Reading Challenge website. For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge and related activities, visit www.potterybarnkids.com/read.
Education.com: Beginning May 20, families can visit Summer Reading Adventures hosted by Education.com to access a number of summer reading resources, including a “Do-It-Yourself” Reading Camp. “DIY” Reading Camp includes everything parents need to host 10 weeks of learning fun right from their own living rooms and backyards. Each camp week includes a dozen projects and activities, including specially selected PBS KIDS content, for parents and kids to do together. PBS KIDS and Education.com will also encourage families to read over the summer months with the “We’ll Read 10” pledge – which offers families the chance to win one of five Kindle Prize Packs. To take the pledge or learn more about DIY Summer Reading camp, visit www.education.com/read

Grandparents.com: Grandparents can help kids with reading, too. PBS KIDS is proud to be working with Grandparents.com to offer resources to provide grandparents with ideas and literacy-building activities that they can do with their grandchildren over the summer break.


  1. Wow, lots of reading programs I didn't know about. We visit the library frequently for my grandson and he also has lots and lots of books at home. He is only 6 but loves to read and be read to. These are great to know about.

  2. summer reading programs are so important so kids don't get in trouble!