Thrifty Thursday: Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids!

I’ve always loved to read and one of the things that I love about summer is all of the great summer reading programs that are available for kids!  Here’s a round-up of all of the summer reading programs I know about:

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination ~ Kids in grades 1-6 can read any 8 books, record them in their journal (along with why they would recommend the book), and then bring their completed form to a participating Barnes & Noble location between 5/24 and 9/6 for a free book!  Details are here.  Many Barnes & Noble stores also offer a weekly story time and craft for kids.  Check here for an event in here your area.

Book It Summer Reading Challenge Sweepstakes ~ Read five books between 6/15/11 and 8/15/11, submit the completed form and enter to win a prize pack that contains the following:  tote bag, water bottle, mini flier, mini ball, sunglasses, jump rope, book light, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and a $20 Visa gift card.  Details are here.

Borders Double Dog Dare Challenge ~ Read 10 books between 6/1/11 and 9/5/11, complete the form, and bring the form into a local Borders or Waldenbooks store to get a FREE book.  Details are here.

Chuck E Cheese ~ Print the Reading Rewards calendar, read every day for 2 weeks, and get 10 free tokens!  Food purchase is required (I think in the past, a drink has counted as the “food purchase”) Details are here.

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program ~ Print out the reading log, have your kids read for at least 15 minutes each day between 6/1/11 and 7/31/11 and track it on the log, and once they’ve read for 600 minutes, and turn in your reading log between 7/25 and 8/7 to get a $5 Back to School Bucks summer reading reward!  One “top reader” per age group will also receive a $20 Half Price Books gift card.  Details are here.

HEB Summer Reading Club ~ HEB is a grocery store in Texas, so this promotion applies to Texas residents.  Read 10 books, log them on the form, have your parents initial the form, mail in the form, and receive a t-shirt in 3-4 weeks!  Details and the form are here.  Your form must be post-marked by 10/1/11.

Pottery Barn Kids ~ Visit your local store on Tuesdays from 11-11:30 am for story time!  Members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first Story Time and a special gift after attending five story times.  You may want to contact your store first to make sure they participate in this promotion.  Details are here.

Rainforest Cafe Rio Reading Rewards ~ Print the calendar, read 20 minutes per day for one month, and get a kids’ meal for $.99 with the purchae of an adult entree.  Details are here.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge ~ Read books, log your minutes, meet your reading goal, and enter to win prizes!  Details are here.  You can also submit an essay about your most special family moment, and you will get a free book plus be entered to win a trip for your family to Sea World!  Details are here.

TD Bank ~ If you have a TD Bank in your area, read 10 books this summer, log the books on the form, take the form into your nearest TD Bank branch, and $10 will be deposited into your Young Saver account!  Details are here.

Don’t forget to check out summer reading programs at your local library!  Our local libraries offer a summer reading program where kids earn rewards for reading books plus they offer story times for various age groups weekly throughout the summer!

If you know of any other summer reading programs, let me know!

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  1. Thanks. Great info. It’s just what I was looking for.


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