My girls love to read. My oldest recently finished the entire series of Jack Russell Mysteries in a matter of a few hours while my youngest is working through her first book series. As a rule, my girls do not need much incentive to read. However, they do like rewards and think it is pretty cool they can earn free stuff just by doing what they already enjoy.
Now I know reading is not a favorite activity for all children and some just need a little motivation to make it happen. One of the great ways to avoid the summer slide is through the motivation of reading incentive programs. There are a lot to chose from these days! Whether you have a child who wants to earn free stuff for something they already enjoy, or whether you have a child who needs a little motivation to keep on reading, here are some summer reading programs to help keep their literacy level on track this summer.
Note: Just because there are a lot of summer reading programs available, don’t try to do them all. Doing so can cause frustration and overwhelming feelings for all involved. Choose one or two incentives that you think your child would most enjoy and stick with them. AND, if you don’t find a program you think would motivate your child, create your own. Tell them that if they read so many books you will take them on a special date to a restaurant they love, to get snow cones, or even a trip to a local theme park. Whatever works!
2016 Summer Reading Programs
- Scholastic. A program that offers both virtual and physical rewards.
- Barnes and Noble. Earn a free book!
- H-E-B. Earn a free t-shirt. (And you don’t have to live near an H-E-B to participate).
- Chuck E. Cheese. Earn free tokens every two weeks. (Scroll down and select “Reading Rewards – English” to print the incentive form).
- Sylvan. Earn points towards rewards like magazine subscriptions, stickers, books, and more by taking book quizzes.
- Half Price Books. Read 15 minutes a day to earn FREE Bookworm Bucks good for any product in the store.
- TD Bank. Earn $10 by reading 10 books.
- Showcase Cinemas. Write a book report and receive free admission to a kids movie on Wednesdays.
- Pizza Hut Book It! A program that is good year-round that offers several incentives including a FREE pizza.
- Books a Million. Read 4 books from the selected book list and earn a free tote bag.
- Lifeway. Earn a free book AND a Bible with some book reading and scripture memory.
- Your local library. Most libraries offer some sort of summer reading program during the summer with rewards including everything from gift certificates to new books. One year our library even included the adults and our family won a new iPad! If you live in the Oklahoma City area like me, you can find out more about our local library reading program right here.
- Your local sports teams. This year our OKC Dodgers has partnered with Sonic to offer the Reading for the Stars program which is excellent for any baseball lover.
- Your local state education department. For example, North Carolina has this neat program to win all sorts of books and prizes over the summer.
- Your local book store. For example, Book People in Austin, TX is offering this fun summer reading program.
Need an idea for what books your child might like to read this summer? Then be sure to check out these 5-star reading lists too!
- 9 Sensational Wordless Books Everyone Can Enjoy
- Ultimate Guide to 5-Star Books for Kindergartners by Reading Level
- Ultimate Guide to 5-Star Books for 1st and 2nd Grade Students by Reading Level
- Ultimate Guide to 5-Star Books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students by Reading Level
Think I missed a summer reading program for 2016? Be sure to share in the comments below! Thanks!