Summer reading programs can help to keep kids learning and growing through the summer. And without the pressure of school assignments, they have the freedom to explore their own interests through literature.
Here are several reading programs that encourage kids to keep reading, and even offer prizes and rewards.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Summer Break
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Summer Break has kids, teens and adults logging their reading and activity time using the Beanstack app. The program runs from June 1st to August 13th, 2022. Everyone who signs up will receive a Wendy’s Jr. Frosty coupon.
And when you finish the program you can choose one of these prizes (while supplies last):
- Babies and children: A new, popular book or a water bottle
- Teens: A new, popular book or a water bottle
- Adults: A water bottle or a drawstring bag
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program encourages kids to keep reading by offering a downloadable and printable Summer Reading Journal, in both English and Spanish. Kids read any eight books, write down the titles and their favorite part of each book.
Then they bring the journal back to Barnes & Noble and choose one free book as a reward. There are about 10 free books to choose from for each age group. The program is for kids in grades 1-6. The journals must be turned in between July 1st and August 31st, 2022, for a free book.
Books-a-Million Summer Reading Adventure
Kids can read any four books from the Summer Reading Adventure list, which you can find online or in-store. Then fill out the log, which just asks for the title of each book, your favorite character, and the best part of the story. Bring in the log to the store and get a free bookmark and pencil pouch, while supplies last.
The Camp Book It Program with Pizza Hut
Parents of kids in PreK-6th grade can enroll in Camp Book It. In June, July, and August, parents use digital tools to track their kids’ reading. When kids meet their reading goals, they are rewarded with a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut.
Scholastic Summer Reading Program
Scholastic runs its Summer Reading Program from May 9th to August 19th, 2022. Kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base and create an account, allow them to join a community of readers, attend author events, play book-based games and more. As kids keep up their reading streak they can earn more digital experiences. By maintaining their reading streaks, they also help to unlock a donation of 100,000 books from Scholastic to Save the Children, an organization that provides books to children who have limited or no access to books.
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