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.
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 29, 2019. 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. 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 6th through September 6th, 2019 (pre-registration begins April 8. 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, 2019, to August 1, 2019. 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 27, 2019, to August 31, 2019. You need to register on the main website on May 28, 2018 (click the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ banner on the main page). Kids should log the titles of books read and/ or the number of hours read into 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)
The shop is not running any summer specific programs this year. They will continue to offer Storytime on Thursdays.
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 15-August 18, 2019. 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.
An exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read. The 2019-2020 program will launch in October.