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2019 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Get kids excited about reading over the summer and avoid the summer slump with these free 2019 summer reading programs! The free summer reading programs encourage your child to read with fun reward programs.

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1. Barnes & Noble 

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program runs through summer and kids print the reading journal. When they’ve completed it by reading 8 books, they can turn the logs in at a local store in the month of August 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 (300 minutes a month) 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 29, 2019.

3. Books -A-Million

Read any four books from their Summer Reading Adventure list and turn in their complete reading log at your local store to receive a free Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack.

4. Scholastic Summer Reading Program

From May 6 – September 6, 2019, simply log your child’s minutes online to unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content. Scholastic also offers free printable book reading lists and logs.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Sync

Teens age 13+ can download two free audio books a week throughout the summer. New titles are available for download every Thursday at 7 am EST.

8. Dogo Book 

Kids read and review select books. The more reviews they complete, the higher their chances of winning. Ten participants who review the most books will be eligible to win a prize back of books. The next 25 participants with the most reviews will be eligible to win a $10 Gift Card. 

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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