Summer Reading Programs – 2012

A List of Summer Reading Programs for Kids That Give Free Books, Money and More

Updated for summer reading 2012!
Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage your child to read over the summer months. So why not give them a little incentive to really get into that summer reading? Especially if those incentives are some great kid freebies!
Below you’ll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids free stuff like free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more.
Between these summer reading programs and free summer movies, your kids will be very busy this summer!

1. Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program 2012: Imagination’s Destination

The Barnes and Noble summer reading program gives out a free book to each child who reads 8 books over the summer.
This program is great because the child gets to choose what book they want from a big list of titles. Also part of the program is parent activities that can be used to encourage children to read.

2. Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge for Kids

Join the PBK Summer Reading Challenge! Summer is the perfect time to instill a love of reading in your child. From now through August 22nd, read all the award-winning books on one of their recommended book lists and qualify for fun prizes. Use their easy Reading tracker.

 3. Half Price Books Summer Reading Program 2012: Feed Your Brain


Half Price Books gives out free gift cards to kids who read books this summer.
When kids read for 300 minutes during June and July, they’ll get a free $5 gift card to Half Price Books. One lucky kid in each age group and store will get a $20 gift card.

4. TD Bank Summer Reading Program 2012

Celebrating 10 years of summer reading fun!! When your child completes the TD Bank summer reading program, they’ll get $10 free!
Kids will need to read 10 books and have a new or existing Young Savers account at a TD Bank to get this deal. Valid May 5, 2012, through September 29, 2012.

5. Showcase Cinemas Summer Reading Program 2012: Bookworm Wednesdays

  Bookworm Wednesdays is a five-week program that advocates literacy by offering free admission to a select family film every Wednesday at 10 a.m. when children present a book report at a participating theatre box office. Adults and children under the age of six who accompany a participant also receive free admission. Children who wish to participate but are not yet reading on their own are encouraged to draw a picture about a story an adult has recently read to them. Download the book report form here!

6. Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards

Chuck E. Cheese has a summer reading program where kids can earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks.

7. Public Library Summer Reading Programs

Some of the best summer reading programs are at your local public library. Every public library has a different summer reading program but almost all of them have rewards and prizes for kids as well as fun events.

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