The importance of reading over the summer for kids as their skills can fizzle with a 3 month break from school. By encouraging kids to keep reading we can help them excel in spelling and reading in the next school year. My kids love to read and we read daily and encourage quiet reading time where they look at books and explore the pictures.
If your children are not so quick to dive into a book for the sheer fun of it, I compiled a list of FREE summer reading programs for kids to help them get lost in a good book with an incentive to do so.
Your Local Library – at our library the kids get a reward for every 5 days they read 15 minutes. The prizes range from buttons, stickers, books, a pool party, free lunch at Taco Bell and more!
Book Adventure awards prizes after kids read a book and take a short quiz on the book. Prizes range from temporary tattoos to magazine subscriptions, candy and more.
Half Price Books has programs for small kids and high school students. After reading for 300 minutes kids can redeem their reading log for bookworm bucks good at HPB.
Barnes and Noble has a reading program that kids will earn a free book from completing.
TD Bank will give kids $10 in their savings account for reading this summer!
Chuck E Cheese will give kids free tokens for reading and completing the log they provide online.