10+ Easy Ways to Get Children to Read this Summer
Children who read do better in school—so make sure your child is a reader!
- Get your child a library card at your local public library. It’s free!
- Sign your child up for Summer Reading at the local public library and enjoy free programs with fun activities, storytelling, reading contests, crafts and more.
- Read with your child every day. Take advantage of “waiting” time to share books: on trips, at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store.
- Take a basket of books for reading breaks from the sun, water, and sand at the beach, lake, or pool.
- Read on your own and talk to your child about what you’re reading. Families who share reading experiences raise children who read well.
- Visit the library every week and bring the whole family.
- Need books in languages other than English? Ask a librarian!
- Use the closed captioning during TV shows so children see the words as they hear them.
- Keep a list on the refrigerator of the books everyone has read during the summer.
- Discover the world by reading books from your local public library. Choose a subject of interest for the entire family, so that every family member can share what they have learned and share ideas.
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Participating in Summer Reading Programs is a great way to keep your kids interested in reading and learning over the summer, and they can earn free books and other fun stuff too!
Local Library: A Universe of Stories! is the theme for the Summer 2018 Reading Program sign up at one of our town libraries or http://www.shadleylib.org/
DOGOBOOKS Summer Reading Program – We discovered DOGOBooks two summers ago, and it quickly became one of my daughter’s favorite websites year round. Book reviews for kids by kids encourages young readers to share their thoughts on the books they read. Kids are invited to read books and share their reviews of the books. The top 10 reviewers will win a book prize pack, the next 25 top reviewers will win a $10 gift card. FREE BOOKS. https://www.dogobooks.com/programs/summer-reading-2019
Barnes & Noble - for kids in Grades 1 thru 6, you can earn a free book after reading 8 and some locations also have a regularly scheduled story time (check find an event for your store). http://www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading/
Pottery Barn Kids Book Club – Summer reading challenge! Earn a special surprise after attending 5 events. http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar - fill the reading chart for 2 weeks and turn it into Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free tokens (with pizza purchase), check out all the Rewards Calendars you can use to motivate all year round! https://www.chuckecheese.com/deals-offers/rewards-calendars
Bookworm Wednesdays - Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas, and Cinema De Lux offer free admission to a children's film on Wednesdays when you submit a book report. https://www.showcasecinemas.com/programs/kids-and-families/bookwormwed
TD Bank Summer Reading - read 10 books and get $10 cash! A great incentive if you've got this bank near you. For students grades K-5. Starts June 1st and ends August 31st. http://wowzone.tdbank.com/summerreading/index.html
Book Adventure- Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child
to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your reading adventure here! http://bookadventure.com/Home.aspx
Amazon Summer Reading Challenge – When students K-8 read any 8 books and turn in their list by September 10, 2019, they will earn a free book. It looks like you have to turn in the list to one of the Amazon retail or pop-up stores, so it appears to only be available in certain areas. Check the website for details. FREE BOOK! https://www.amazon.com/summer-reading-challenge/b/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&node=17707783011&linkCode=ll2&tag=babubl-20&linkId=6e272849c7a2ef54c846c58293a3425a&language=en_US
Applebee’s Book Worm Reading Club – This reading-focused reward program encourages students ages 10 or younger at school or the library to read at least 10 books that they record on their “Bookworm Club” record card. Once a student completes all 10 books they will earn a free kid’s meal at Applebee’s (when accompanied by an adult making a purchase). FREE Kid’s MEAL http://tlcneighborhood.com/tlc-program/bookworm-reading-club/
Modified by Danielle Kotfila, Reading Specialist, Mosier Elementary School, South Hadley, MA
5/30/17 (updated 6/19)