2013 Summer Reading Programs


A House Without Books Is Like A Room Without Windows

It’s hard to believe that the kids will be out of school very soon! Spring is winding down and Summer is just around the corner. Soon we’ll be catching lightning bugs, watching fireworks, grilling out, and chasing down the ice cream man. I can’t wait! In the meantime, I need to begin planning activities for the kids that won’t break the bank and will keep them learning and their education skills sharp all summer long.

I personally love reading programs. First of all I love to read! We are a house of readers. We could seriously open a bookstore. There are so many reading programs out there to choose from that cost little to no money and are very rewarding. I want to share some of those with you here in case you are like me and trying to get a head start on the Summer festivities. Let’s Begin!


American Girl: Head over the American Girl site for fun quizzes, downloads and printables. If you are live near an American Girl store then keep an eye out for special in store events.

Barnes and Noble: I wrote about this a few weeks ago. You can read more about it here.

Book Adventure by Sylvan: This free reading program is for kids in grades K-8. Simply log in, search for books online, read them from the computer, take a quiz on what you’ve read. The kids will earn points based on the quizzes, then they trade the points in for prizes.

Chuck E Cheese:   Fill out the reading calendar and redeem it for 10 free tokens at a local Chuck E Cheese!

Half Price Books: Kids can earn “Bookworm Bucks” by reading at least 15 min a day in June and July. They record their time, parents initial it then turn it in at a local participating HPB store. They will in turn receive a $5 gift card for every 300 minutes read. A top prize of a $20 gift card will be given to the reader with the most minutes!

Local Libraries: Always check with your local libraries for cool reading programs taking place. My local library system, The Columbus Metropolitan libraries, always offer up a good incentive to kids and adults. Last year my daughters earned a nice messenger bag as well as coupons to local events and destinations.

PBS Kids and iVillage: Join the 4 week-long summer reading program starting June 17th. Parents will get literacy building tips, games and activities, printables and crafts, and a chance to win prizes.

Pizza Hut: This program offers free download packets that include reading, activities and recipes that link back to certain books.

Pottery Barn Kids:  Visit your local Pottery Barn Kids store throughout Summer to participate in their reading program. You can follow along and read the books that are read in store. Kids receive a prize after completing all of the books on the list.

Scholastic: Kids get to log in their reading minutes for a chance to win prizes. There are downloadable booklets by age group and activities to do.

Showcase Cinema: I love this program, unfortunately there isn’t a Showcase Cinema near me. Every Wednesday starting July 10-August 7, just bring a book report to the theatre and your child gets to see a movie for free! There are pre-selected movies to choose from. See their website for more details.

Get out there and start reading!


5 thoughts on “2013 Summer Reading Programs

  1. Debbie Fidelman says:

    Thanks for all your hard work, Christina. I tutor struggling readers and some of these incentive programs might get my students to read over the summer. Then they won’t need me! I linked to your post on my blog, Yulupa Reads.

    • Christina says:

      Bless you for working with all those readers! I’m so happy you have found this post to be useful! Thank you for sharing it on your blog. The love of reading is a wonderful gift that we can give to a child. It opens up doors to undiscovered worlds and endless possibilites and opportunities. There is nothing like getting lost within the pages of a book!

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