Summer is coming and with that summer reading programs! Not every kid loves to read but all kids love free stuff! Even if they are natural bookworms, getting rewarded for something you were going to do anyway is just a bonus. Teachers and parents worry about the “summer slide” which unfortunately is not as fun as it sounds.
The summer slide is the regression of learned material from a lack of schooling throughout the summer. How to lessen it without setting up a summer homeschool? Read! Read! And, read some more!
Fortunately, the summer reading program is a popular idea and your kids can enroll in one or all, maintain their literary fluency, and have fun while earning some cool prizes.
Need some suggestions? We include kids’ books in our Book Club Lists check out some past picks. Or do you have a little-little person? We have a comprehensive Kindergarten Reading List that will keep you busy for a bit.
1. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal
The Barnes and Noble summer reading program is quite straightforward. Keep a journal, log eight books, and tell which part of each book is your favorite and why. Bring the completed journal to a store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2018 and choose a free book from the ones listed on the journal page.
For all school-age kids. Read 15 minutes per day in June and July. Log it on the provided page, add the minutes up, and have a parent initial it each week. Once your child logs 300 minutes they can exchange their logs in a store for Bookworm Bucks, on or before August 30, 2018. Children can complete more than one log, but only one per month per child.
Teens must read a book from a chosen list and write a review to receive their bookworm bucks.
The HEB program is for Texas children between the ages of 3-12. I have confirmed that it will begin in July (though the link has not been updated yet to reflect the 2018 program). Previously, kids need to read ten books and record them in the provided log. An adult initials the log and mails it in by October 1st for a t-shirt.
The Scholastic Challenge runs from May 7th through September 7th, 2018. Students must receive a username and password from their educator, librarian, or other registered leaders. They will log their reading minutes into the Scholastic website and earn digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges. If you homeschool register as an educator and when it asks you to choose your school choose “My school is not on the list” and you will be prompted into the homeschool section.
5. Local Library Summer Reading Programs
The program runs from June 1, 2018 to August 1, 2018 and registration will open on May 15, 2018. Any day that kids read for 20 minutes they can log online. Prizes can be picked up at local libraries and adults can participate with their actively participating child!
The program runs from May 28, 2018 to September 1, 2018 and registration will open on through the main website on May 28, 2018 (click the ‘SRC Sign-Up’ image). Kids should log the titles of books read and/ or the number of hours read in to the online reading log. They will earn prizes like bookmarks, pencils, and even a trophy! Plus there will be weekly challenges. Open to anyone regardless of residency.
6. Blue Willow Books Summer Reading Program (Houston Local)
This local shop is running several summer programs. Some are drop in (like the Magic Tree House Summer Camp on June 16 & 30 and July 14 & 28) or the Who Was? Challenge. Check out their site for complete information.
Parents initial a two-week chart. When the kiddo has read daily for two weeks they can exchange it for 10 free tokens (with food purchase). Available year round.
This one does not run through the summer but you do need to register early and it is still fun and free!
You can register as a homeschooler or as a teacher. Each instructor sets a reading goal for each child and when they reach their goal they get a Reading Award Certificate which is good for a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza. The goal can be individualized to the child based on minutes read or the number of pages or books.
It is for grades K-12 and runs from October 1 through March 31. Registration begins on March 1 for schools and May 1 for homeschool families. Only one per household.
9. DOGO Books
Runs April 21-August 31, 2018. Kids pick books from a preselected reading list. Then they review 3 of them, at least 25 words. Then they get to pick a FREE book from the Prize list. They can read and review as many as they wish during the summer program.