Updated: Aug 14, 2019
For many of us adults who work in education, a great summer consists of long days at the beach with a good book. It is also our hope, that our students read a good book or two as well over the summer. Some schools have instituted required summer reading, while others send home suggested reading list. Nonetheless, reading should be an essential part of every child’s summer and it should be fun.
Below is a list of summer reading programs that will reward your kids simply for reading. In addition to this list check with your local library, they usually offer programs over the summer as well as some of local professional athletics teams.
Who doesn’t love Chuck E. Cheese? Pizza, games, prizes, shows and now a summer reading program that rewards kids with 10 tokens for reading every day for 2 weeks. While this is all about summer reading this program runs all year. Go to the link: https://www.chuckecheese.com/kids-corner/rewards-calendars for more information and you will also find out about some cool incentives and rewards they offer.
Chuck E. Cheese may not be the incentive your teenagers are looking for, but SYNC might have an answer for that. SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and older. Their goal is to introduce a variety of audiobook to teens to provide a reading experience by listening. They give away two complete audiobook downloads a week. This program started April 25 and runs through August 1, 2019. For more details visit them at: https://www.audiobooksync.com/
Barnes and Noble's summer reading program gives kids a free book when they read 8 books over the summer. Click on the link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/summer-reading and choose your child’s age. You will be provided with a reading log, for your child to record the title, author, and their favorite part of the books. Once they complete the reading log bring it in to get a free book. A list of the free books can be found on the site. The information is available in Spanish and English.
Not to be out done by Banes and Noble, Amazon Retail stores is giving a free book and a Star Reader certificate to readers in kindergarten to 8th grade. The certificate is good for $1 off your next book purchase. Just read 8 books, keep track of what is being read and bring the list to any Amazon by September 2nd. For more information on Amazon’s reading program visit: https://www.amazon.com/summer-reading-challenge/b/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&node=17707783011&tag=aboutcom02thoughtco-20&ascsubtag=1356875%7Cnda12f14a4b484966bfdf8ee08e2e1e4015
Books A Million and Half Price Book Stores are not located in Southern California, but they also offer some rewards. Half Price Book Stores gives $5 gift cards to young readers who log 300 minutes of reading. If you’re in a Half Price area and want more info visit: https://www.thoughtco.com/half-price-books-summer-reading-program-for-kids-1356834. At Books A Million, if kids read 4 books from their reading list, they can get a free Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack. For the list of books and a journal to record the reading go to: https://www.booksamillion.com/summeradventure
Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is designed to help kids in more ways than one. The first way the program is helping kids is by encouraging them to read and enter their minutes to earn prize, the second way Scholastic is helping is by donating books to United Way. For more information about this great program got to: https://www.scholastic.com/summer/home/
If you are looking for more than just a summer reading program Sylvan Learning’s Book Adventure last year-round. In addition to rewarding kids, they have all kids of assessments imbedded on their online platform that you can customize. There is vocabulary, comprehension quizzes, writing lessons, an interactive journal and Text-to-Speech quizzes, which is good for young readers and ELL students. For more information about this amazing program visit: https://bookadventure.com/
This article was written by Dr. James Gray as a public service announcement. Dr. James Gray is the School Services Director at Limai Academy and has been in education for over 15 years.