As I mentioned last year, our family needs no incentive to read, but it is a fun bonus when there’s a prize for reading books. It is raining as I type (I’m still not sure May showers bring…June flowers?), but I know summer will be here before I know it! I’ll add to this list as the programs start and updates as we finish them!
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The free book prize is listed for kids in grades 1-6. If you have done this program in the past, it looks like it is different this year. Print out the form HERE, have your child answer the questions, drive them to your closest B&N, and choose your free book! There is also an activity kit on the site for more reading fun for the summer. Runs May 17 to September 6. 2012 | 2013
5/26 Update: The girls were able to go with their friends to redeem their prizes (and make other non-essential purchases). They all chose books from series that were new-to-them!
There are two programs at Half Price Books – one for 8th grade and under and one for high schoolers. Not sure we have many blog readers with high schoolers, so for my sanity, I’m just sharing about the one for younger kiddos. Print out the form HERE, read for 15 minutes daily from June 1st to July 31st, add up minutes, get parent/guardian initials, turn in complete reading log (300 minutes/month) after the end of each month to earn $5 toward something in the store. I believe there is a kick-off event Sunday, June 5th.
Fliers at the CV library shows that the Summer Reading Game will start June 13th! You can sign up and play online this year!
I’m not familiar with the rest of these summer reading program, but you can check them out for more free stuff! I’ll add in the dates as information arrives.
- Pizza Hut Book It Program – I think it runs throughout the year. You get free pizza.
- Scholastics Summer Reading Challenge – Log minutes and earn rewards. Starts May 9.
- Berkeley Public Library – Starts June 17.
- Oakland Public Library – Runs June 11 to August 6.
- Alameda Free Library – Starts June 18. Looks like they had some great prizes and fun activities happening here last summer!