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FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids 2014

FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids-The Unlikely Homeschool

With less than two weeks away from our annual "Last Day, Hooray!" celebration, my kids and I are already making tentative summertime plans. While we are penciling in many bucket list items, one annual activity always gets written in WITH INK, making it a permanent "TO DO" on our list of fun.

The library's summer reading incentive program

This year, the national collaborative theme is FIZZ, BOOM, READ.  However, our local library has opted to do their own thing by creating a pet theme instead.

I'm sure the pet activities and prizes will more than excite my animal-lovin' crew, but just in case, there are plenty more summertime reading incentive programs I can look into for a PLAN B.

Here are 10 more national reading programs worth checkin' out!

Imagination's Destination at Barnes & Noble -  Read any 8 books and record them on a summer reading journal.  Bring the journal into your local Barnes & Noble to choose a free book from their reading list.

Book Adventure's by Sylvan Learning - Read a book, take a simple quiz, and earn prizes!  Easy-peasy!

Paws to Read by the Department of Defense - Military families are invited to participate in this pet-themed program at any military base in the US or abroad.

Reading Under the Stars by Scholastic Books - Sign-up on-line.  Read through the summer and take weekly on-line challenges to earn rewards.

Reading Rewards by Chuck E. Cheese - Earn 10 free game tokens every two weeks just for reading and logging your progress.

Summer Reading Challenge by Pottery Barn - Read all the books on any one of their suggested reading lists and be entered for a chance to win a free backpack full of books.

Feed Your Brain by Half Priced Books - Read up to 300 minutes during the months of June and July and redeem those minutes for Bookworm Bucks to buy books from the site.

Bookworm Wednesdays by Showcase Cinemas - Download and complete a simple book report form from their site.  Bring it in any Wednesday at 10 am from July 9th through August 13th and earn free movie admission.

Spark Your Greatness by Book It! - Read! Read! Read! to earn free pizza at Pizza Hut and be eligible to win many other fun prizes.

Book a Trip by BJU Press - Track your reading progress throughout the summer to win a prize and be eligible to win larger prizes including a Kindle Fire!

Need some summertime reading suggestions?  Be sure to check out...

Great Read Alouds for Lower to Mid Elementary
13 Books to Read Aloud in 2013
Summer Read Aloud Goals
What We're Reading
Read Alouds Pinterest Board


  1. Thank you for the list of national programs. It was on my "to-do" list. We participate in several every summer and the girls always enjoy it. - Lori H

  2. Yes! What a great list. Thanks for sharing! :)