11 Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids

#1 – Half Price Books Summer Reading

Half Price Books FREE reading program begins June 1, 2010 and runs until July 31, 2010.

Kids ages 14 and under can earn a $3 Half Price books shopping card for each week they read at least 15 minutes per day. Limit one per week per child.

Simple Steps to Participate:
1. Get a Feed Your Brain reading log at your local Half Price Books. or
Click here to down load and print your weekly reading logs.

2. Check off each day you read for 15 minutes or more.

3. Fill out your reading log, and have your parent or guardian sign it.

4. Bring your completed and signed log to your local Half Price Books.

5. Get a Feed Your Brain Reading Reward:
$3 Shopping Card good at all Half Price Books locations.

6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 every week through July 31, 2010.

Click here to find a Half Price Books location near you.

# 2 Borders and Books Double Dog Dare Summer Reading program

if you have children 12 or under you will want to check out this fun Summer reading program
– Read 10 books of your choosing.
-Download and print the Double Dog Dare form
-List the books you have read on the form
– Bring the form into any Borders and Books store for your FREE book by 8/26/10.

Click here for additional details

#3 Barnes and Noble Books:

Here’s How It Works:

1. Kids read any eight (8) books of their own choosing.

2. Kids use the passport to Summer reading to tell us their favorite part of each book. A parent/guardian signs the journal when it’s complete.

3. Children bring their completed passport to Summer reading to a Barnes & Noble store between May 25th & September 7th, 2010.

4. We’ll give them a coupon for a FREE book! They choose from a list of exceptional paperback titles.*

* 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 forms will be ineligible for free books.

# 4 Chuck E. Cheese Kids Rewards Calendars

Looking for a fun way to reward your kids for their accomplishments? Download and print free reward calendars to help your kids develop in areas that are some of the most common challenges of parenting.

  1. Download and print out the calendar
  2. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals
  3. Bring it in completed to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward


Every Wednesday at 10:00 am beginning July 7th for six weeks. A fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months. BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas or Cinema de Lux box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. Click here for more information.

#6 – Pottery Barn Kids – Book Club

Kids of all ages are invited to join the Pottery Barn Kids story time every Tuesday 11:00am to 11:30am. Members receive an official Book Club Card at their first story time, and a special gift after attending five story times.

To locate a store near you click here.

# 7 Sylvan Book Adventure

A FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they’ve read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure

# 8 Scholastic Summer Challenge

Scholastic has a free online reading club for children which kicks off April 30. 2010 Scholastic Summer Challenge Campaign Uses Online Games and Community to Get Kids Excited About Reading “4 or More” Books This Summer. Children ages eight and up can log on to to read for fun, play games, and help read for the world record.

# 9 Book-It Summer Reading Program

This summer, BOOK IT!® invites kids across the country to take part in the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes! From June 15-August 15, kids who were in grades K-6 during the 2009-10 school year and who meet the challenge of reading five books, will be eligible for a chance to win a slammin‘ summer prize package including swim gear, books, games, gift cards, and more!

Click here for more Book It information.

# 10 Old Spaghetti Factory Summer Reading Program

Old Spaghetti Factory Rewards of Reading : Children who read five books are eligible for a free kid’s meal. Click here for more details.

# 11 Library Reading Programs: Check with your local Library for their summer reading programs. check out www.summerreading.org for great resources.

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