Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Summer Reading Programs

Borders Reading Program

Age Range: 12 and under

Kids under 12 simply have to read 10 books over the summer to earn a free book.

When you get to the website, download the summer reading form. As your child reads books over the summer, simply fill in the titles on the form. When your child has read 10 books, take the form to a Borders or Waldenbooks store and choose a free book from the selection offered including, Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary, Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, and The River by Gary Paulsen. No purchase is necessary to participate. The form must be completed and turned in by August 26, 2010.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Kids read 8 books and get 1 free. B&N also offers free, downloadable Parent and Educator "Activity Kits" to enhance learning through books. Get all of the details at the website.

Book Adventure

This free reading motivation program, sponsored by Sylvan Learning, is for students in grades K-8. As explained at the website, "Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes."

Scholastic Summer Challenge Campaign

Scholastic has a free online summer reading club for children that began on April 30, 2010. Kids 8 and up can go online and read to help set a "World Record."

All of these programs are designed to motivate kids and their families to read often.

Don't forget to check your local library - many offer summer reading programs with prizes. Some food chains such as Pizza Hut, Chuck E. Cheese, and McDonald's also offer summer reading programs that allow kids to earn tokens for games or free food, although not all stores participate. Just inquire to learn more.

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