Summer is the time generally when kids enjoy away from school and other mind-exhausting activities, but during this time, a number of children lose ground in reading, and start the school year at a level lower than what they obtained earlier year. Reading is a very good habit, and introducing your children to books at an early age promotes a life-long love of books. For this purpose, several summer reading programs are available for kids, which are a great way to keep your kids engaged and stimulated through the summer break. In result, students will make significant gains in reading skills and return to school with increased confidence and enthusiasm for reading. Check out here a list of free summer reading programs for kids in 2013, and go through it, stop by which you like the most then sign up your children. What’s more, these summer book reading programs offer kid-friendly perks and freebies; earn prizes like gift cards, books, movies, etc. So what are you waiting for? Catch hold of double benefits – different Reading Programs plus Gifts – both for FREE.
List of Summer reading programs for Kids in 2013
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
- Entry period: May 21 - Sep. 3
This year’s program called Imagination's Destination runs from May 21 - September 3, 2013, and it provides your kid the ability to get a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log. They can select from a handful of books as the freebie and quantities for the books accessible are limited. Here there's something for all the kids in grades 1-6. Just head over to Barnes and Noble summer reading program, then download and print a reading journal, now fill up the student details on the journal’s first page. On this page, a parent has to sign for the child to obtain a free book. Kid has to read any 8 books - library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble; then write regarding their preferred part in their Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore near your area. Show it to an employee and they will allow your kid to pick up a book from the free book list. Free books consist of well-known titles like “How to Train Your Dragon,” by Cressida Cowell; “Pete the Cat: Play Ball,” by James Dean; “Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy,” by Tui T. Sutherland, and more. Other features of this program include parent and educator activity kits, which contain fun activities on reading that can be completed with a kid.
Half Price Books Summer Reading Program
- Entry period: June 1 - July 31
The Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program is providing FREE $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks for those kids who read 300 minutes every month. Kids should be 14 years or younger to participate in this program that runs for two months. The program offers free gift cards to kids who read books this summer. Kids have to read for at least 15 minutes daily for a month, in order that download the Summer Reading Log and keep track of your minutes. When kids reach at 300 minutes, bring the complete reading log to any Half Price Book store and obtain $5 gift certificate. Note that June logs should be completed by July 8, while July logs by August 5. Furthermore, one lucky reader in each age group, per month and per store will be randomly chosen to receive $20 HPB Gift Card.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program
- Entry period: May 6 - Sep. 30
No matter whether you are a part of library summer reading program or only like to read, your kids could get $10 each for reading if they are fond of reading and tracking their work. Indeed, summer reading is an essential part of the bridge to your child reading skills. The TD Bank Summer Reading Program is easy; however you need to be a TD Bank account holder (Young Savers Account). Eligibility: 18 years of age or younger. For participating, read 10 books this summer and keep track on the free printable reading log. Print out the Summer Reading Form, and write the book names that your kid has read, then take the form to your nearest TD Bank and get $10 deposited into your new or existing Young Savers Account.
Showcase Cinemas Summer Reading Program 2013
- Entry period: July 10 - August 7
‘Bookworm Wednesdays’ is the name of the Showcase Cinemas summer reading program for 2013. This program provides free movie tickets for kid that play every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. starting on July 10, 2013 until August 7, 2013. It means your kid can view 5 free movies this summer! Take a look at the schedule for the free Showcase Cinemas kids’ 5 movies:
- July 10 - Yogi Bear
- July 17 - Ice Age: Continental Drift
- July 24 - Madagascar 3
- July 31 - The Lorax
- August 7 - Hotel Transylvania
The Showcase Cinemas summer reading program is just offered at participating Showcase Cinemas locations. Parents who take their kid for the free movie receive free admission for 6 years children and below without submitting a book report, also note that Showcase Cinemas does not collect details of children below age 13. Simply head over to Showcase Cinemas Summer Reading Program 2013 page, and hit the ‘Download the Book Report’ link to open a PDF file of the book report form. Fill up the title of the book read, the author, a description of the book, and the child's name and take the completed book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas movie theater each Wednesday from July 10, 2013 to August 7, 2013 for the 10:00 a.m. movie in order to receive free admission.
Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program
- Entry period: Program is ongoing, all year around
Book Adventure is this year’s reading program from Sylvan. This program is meant to encourage children to read books afterward take online quizzes regarding the books to earn points, which can be redeemed for great prizes. One best thing is that this program is ongoing for whole year. For participating in this program, access Book Adventure and register (as a student, teacher, or parent/caregiver) your kid to get them started. Once registered, now your kid can begin taking quizzes to earn the points, which can be traded for prizes in the prize library like magazine subscriptions, games, CDs, candy, etc.
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards
- Entry period: Program goes on all year
If you are planning to visit Chuck E. Cheese, ensure to download and print Rewards calendars for your kids as they could get FREE tokens! Earn ten FREE tokens every time your kid reads for two weeks in a row. Simply fill up the form and carry it to claim your free token. Note that a food purchase is necessary and you may call ahead only to verify participation. Besides a reading incentive chart, there are several other incentive charts such as clean room, daily chores, good eater, good behavior, and many more.
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