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2018 Summer Reading Programs for Kids!

Get kids excited about reading over the summer and avoid the summer slump with these free 2018 summer reading programs! The free summer reading programs encourage your child to read with fun reward programs.

1. Barnes & Noble
The BN Summer Reading Program runs from May 15 – September 3, 2019. Kids keep a reading journal. When they’ve completed it by reading 8 books, they can turn the logs in at a local store to pick their choice of book from the list of options. This program is for kids in grades 1-6.

2. Half Price Books
Half Price Books has two reading programs in June and July. One program is for kids 14 and under and runs June and July. Simply read 15 minutes a day and fill out the monthly reading log. Each month (June & July), turn in your reading logs or review for $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks to spend at Half Price Books. That’s $10 total for the summer! Teens earn Bookworm Bucks by reading a selected book and completing a review about it. Bookworm Bucks and reading logs must be redeemed by August 30, 2018.

3. Scholastic Summer Reading Program
From May 7 – September 7, 2018, simply log your child’s minutes online and earn entries into sweepstakes. Schools and communities can register to vie for the title of most minutes read and earn great prizes.

4. Chuck E. Cheese’s
Simply print a reading log calendar (two weeks of reading) and redeem at any Chuck E. Cheese’s location for 10 free play tokens.

5. Public Library Summer Reading Programs
Almost every public library has a summer reading program and this is my kid’s absolute favorite program every year! Some libraries even have programs for teens or adults. The prizes at our local library include kid’s books, free kid’s meals, tickets to local events or pool passes. Plus, they often have free children’s programs throughout the summer. Check with your local library for details.

6. Sync
Teens age 13+ can download two free audio books a week throughout the summer. You can sign up receive free text or email alerts when new audiobooks are added.

7. Dogo Book
Kids read and review select books (at least 30 words) and receive prizes. Read and review 3 books and receive a free book. Kids can do this again and again with a maximum reward of 20 free books while supplies last. Program ends August 31, 2018.

Here are some book suggestions to inspire your young readers:
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My kids absolutely love reading and these extra perks from reading programs are just motivation to keep it up all summer.

Do your kids get excited about summer reading programs? What tips do you have to keep them reading regularly during summer break?

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