It is that time of year again. The free summer reading programs are starting up so we updated our post from last year. We can’t wait to get signed up.
These programs can be a lot of fun for kids to participate in. Find new books, enjoy a few activities and get some reading in over summer.
Since we focus on boys’ learning here at Brain Power Boy, I picked high-quality programs that I thought boys would enjoy. All kids can participate in these programs.
If you are looking for some books for summer reading, try our best books for boys reading lists. You are sure to find some great books.
Free Summer Reading Programs
We are huge readers in our family. We have participated in some of these programs and always make sure to get to the library – a lot! Last year was especially hot here and I was glad to have stacks of books to look at, read, and learn from when it was just too hot for us to be outside.
NOTE: I highlighted high quality free summer reading programs. There are other ones out there but I didn’t think they were good enough to include on the list. Either they required a purchase in order to redeem your coupon or they were, well . . . lame, making kids do a lot of reading for a sticker or a tattoo.
Check into some of these summer reading programs. You can get some neat prizes.
- Barnes and Noble is the place to go for our favorite summer reading program. It is easy to do and they give the kids a brand new book. They can pick from a pre-determined list of titles which are usually very good. Log your books on the printable form and bring it into any B&N for a free book. Go early for the best selection.
- If there is a TD Bank in your area your child can score 10 bucks. If your son (or daughter) reads 10 books, he can receive $10.00 in a new or existing Young Saver Acct. For kids in K-5th grade. Valid June 1 – August 31.
- Half-Price Books has a free summer reading program each year. Last year it was for kids 14 and under but this year it is for kids through high school. I like that change! Read 15 min. a day in June and July. Once you read 300 min. turn in your log at a Half-Price Books Store to earn HPB Bucks ($5.00.)
- Book It! from Pizza Hut has revamped their summer reading program again. The prize is usually a personal pan pizza.
- Another great place to go for free summer reading programs is your local library. Our library is very small but does a fantastic job. They have a lot of activities, cool prizes for the kids, and the kids always get a free book which they can choose out of a large selection.
I am not really fond of rewards for reading, as reading is its own reward. If you have a boy who wants to take part in summer reading programs, and you think he will enjoy them, it is a fun way to get a new book, a bit of cash, or a possible prize. Since we are always reading we take advantage of the freebies.
Don’t forget to sign up for adult reading programs and/or family reading programs at your local library if they offer them. The best way to encourage kids to read is if they see you reading and know that you value it.
Here are some additional links for you to check out:
Did I miss a program that you love? Let me know in the comments below and I will check it out.