Summer Reading Programs



As an avid reader who loves to get lost in a good book AND as an educator that strives to excite children’s imaginations with reading, I can’t stress just how important it is to have your child READ over the summer!  In a time when electronic devices can easily capture the attention of children, having some incentives to encourage reading will be needed for some.Before I get to some cool incentives available to your children this summer, I first want to take a moment to offer a suggestion.  As a mother of boys, I know how important summertime is and the need for kids just to be kids!  My children are no exception!As a teacher, summer shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading. Summer reading is very important in developing life-long reading habits, in maintaining literacy skills and in promoting reading for pleasure. Studies have repeatedly shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform better when school resumes in the fall. Research also reveals that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read actually gain skills. While I know it may be hard and some of you may have a “fight” on your hands just for asking or requiring reading, please make efforts this summer to help children keep those reading skills they just gained from the school year.One of the easiest ways to encourage summer reading is through programs.  Here are some that you may find helpful.  Please call ahead to make sure that your local store is participating.
Atlanta Hawks Check It Out Reading Challenge:  K-12, Students read five books and will receive a Check it Out Reading Challenge bookmark (while supplies last) and a free youth ticket with the purchase of at least 1 adult ticket to a 2016-17 Atlanta Hawks regular season game.
Barnes and Noble: May 17 to September 9, 2016Kids in grades 1-6 can receive a free book from Barnes & Noble by reading 8 books over the summer. They will need to fill out a Summer Reading Journal and bring the journal to a B&N location to choose free book.Chuck E Cheese:  Runs through December 31, 2016Children document their reading for two weeks on the Reading Rewards chart and they will receive 10 free tokens.Public Libraries:  Check your local libraries first!  Each library participates in some kind of summer reading program.  Many offer additional programs to keep your child entertained.Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge:  May 9 to September 9, 2016Sylvan’s Book Adventure:  Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program.The cool thing about this is that it offers comprehension tests over the books your child reads.  Points are accumulated for passing tests and those can later be exchanged for various incentives.  As a teacher, I love this website and even recommend it for my own students to help them prepare for tests in class.

SYNC:  May 5 to August 17, 2016

This is an audio book club for students aged 13 and up.  Each week will feature a current Young Adult title paired with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title. Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app which can be downloaded for free.

TD Bank:  June 1, to August 31, 2016

Students in grades K-5 can earn $10 to be deposited into their new or existing TD Bank Young Saver Account when they read 10 books. You will need to print out the Summer Reading Form and record the books.  Once completed, take it to your nearest TD Bank.


Check out my Pinterest board on Summer Reading for Kids for additional ideas!


I want to help you get some books for your kids to enjoy this summer.  We are giving away a $25 to Barnes and Noble. Giveaway ends June 7, 2016.


Happy Summer Reading!

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Please be sure sure to stop by to see what they are giving away!  With over 80 bloggers participating, you have alot of chances to win!

Disclaimer: Hosts and participating hop bloggers are not responsible for sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations. 

Have fun entering all of the giveaways below!
1. The Kids Did It (Host) Grand Prize $275 – US 28. Rockin’ Book Reviews – US 55. Living the Life as a Mom and Teacher – US
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3. Faith Filled Parenting (VIP) – $100 Cambridge SoundWorks BlueTooth Speaker – US 30. Way 2 Good Life (US) 57. Maman Loup’s Den – US/CAN
4. Taking Time for Mommy (VIP) – $20 Amazon Gift Card 31. On Honeysuckle Hill (US) 58. Christy’s Cozy Corners (WW)
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  1. Sara Zielinski says
    I take them to the library to encourage summer reading.
  2. Cali W. says
    I would take them somewhere amazing to read sometimes you need a different atmosphere. :) Thanks for the giveaway.
  3. cgmjemus says
    This is such good info. Reading will open all kinds of worlds to your children. Especially during the summer. Thanks for all the great titles
  4. cgmjemus says
    Reblogged this on cgmjemus's Blog.
  5. tfs93 says
    We go to the library a lot and participate in the local summer reading program
  6. Debra Guillen says
    To encourage my kids reading in the summer we join in the library reading program where they can win books.
  7. I turn off the tv, pull out some books and read to them :)
  8. Shannon says
    We make sure to sign up for summer reading programs at the library
  9. ladymagnolia99 says
    I have never been to a dinner and show. I have heard they are usually real nice. Judy Cox
  10. ladymagnolia99 says
    I try to encourage the grandkids to participate in the reading points (arc) in school. They can win things for being top reader. I feel that will let me see how interesting books can be. Judy Cox
  11. rsbrandt44 says
    I used to review dinner shows for the local paper!
  12. Ashley Chassereau Parks says
    We encourage reading all the time! :) Homeschooling is winding down for the summer now, but summer reading programs are picking up at our local libraries! We all participate in their reading challenge each year and we also do the summer reading activity for Barnes and Noble! We love books at our house! :)
  13. Ashley Chassereau Parks says
    I have been to a dinner show... the Dixie Stampede.. when I was a child. I would love to take my kids to a pirate show soon!
  14. Jan Lee says
    We take them to the library and read to them. They are not old enough to read yet so we just let them look at the pictures before, during and after reading :)
  15. Jan Lee says
    I have been to a dinner show. There's a company that my mom and dad used to have season tickets at, and they always produced wonderful shows :) The name of the playhouse is Conklin's in Goodfield IL, but they have closed.
  16. pollylee says
    I have been to a dinner show many years ago in Lake Tahoe
  17. Robin Abrams says
    We go to the library every Wednesday to read and get new books.
  18. Debbi Wellenstein says
    My kids have always loved reading. We join every summer reading program we can find.!
  19. Paula Hogsed says
    We read every night, and i'm always encouraging the kids to read anything they want - even if it is comics, web articles etc.
  20. Jeanna Massman says
    We shop at garage sales and thrift stores for children's books and then spend a lot of time reading.
  21. tiffany dayton says
    My daughter is 17 , but when she was little I would take her to the book store and let her pick out books she would like. Then I would read them to her.
  22. Susan Smith says
    I take them to the library often to encourage summer reading.
  23. Penny Olson says
    I encourage reading by unplugging the screens and finding books that are interesting and fun.
  24. Hayley says
    My daughter is only 21 months old, but we have been reading together every day since day one at home. She loves to read, and prefers it to almost everything else. If anything she has to encourage ME to read more because after 45 minutes of children's books, sometimes (psh, often times) repeats, I start to fall asleep. I wouldn't trade it though, I love my little bookworm. I would buy her some new books with this gift card, specifically the Winnie the Pooh treasury I've had my eye on at our local Barnes and Noble. Perhaps also a Peppa Pig book.
  25. jenny stratton says
    I get them whatever they want to read and give them prizes for each book they read.
  26. slehan says
    No kids, but my mother would always take us to the library at least once a week to check out books and participate in the summer reading program. Thanks for the contest. slehan at juno dot com
  27. Breanna Danielle Pollard says
    We join the local summer reading programs.
  28. Nicole Carter (Weasley) says
    It's sometimes hard to get my daughter to read in the summer but we do visit the library every other week or so and she checks out a book to read.
  29. Jerry Marquardt says
    I encourage my nephew to read as much as possible. This opportunity for Barnes & Noble will help me get him a couple of books to read.
  30. Hannah C says
    I'm always encouraging my niece to read. I like to encourage her to read by buying books for her that I know she would like.
  31. Hannah C says
    I've never been to a dinner show but it would be fun.
  32. Christy Maurer says
    My daughter never stops reading, so I've got it good! My son likes reading about fishing, so when he finds a book he likes, that helps.

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