Summer Reading Programs with Great Rewards for Kids!

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by


summer reading programs


Summer is here! The days can be long, and trying to get the kids away from the electronic devices and televisions can feel like a chore. Jersey Family Fun can give you lots of ideas on getting outside and getting active, but what happens when it rains or is just TOO hot to venture outside?


Here’s some of what we’re doing this summer to encourage reading and prevent the summer slide!


Summer Reading Incentive Programs

While there are many online and inperson reading programs, our list is limited to summer reading programs where children can earn a reward for their summer reading. Click on the link for more information about any of the programs.


Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program Returning for 2017
Read 8 books and get a free book from a designated list.


Books a Million Summer Reading Program Returning for 2017
Read 4 books from their book list and earn a free Maze Runner water bottle.


Chuck E Cheese Summer Reading Program ONGOING through the year
Kids read everyday for 2 weeks, log it on the form, and earn 10 free tokens.  Form can be printed from the Chuck E. Cheese website.


TD Bank Summer Reading Program Unconfirmed for 2017
Read 10 books and get $10 credited to your child’s Young Saver account.


Scholastic Summer Challenge Summer Reading Program Returning for 2017

Kids log their minutes reading to earn rewards and read for the World Record, prizes offered. Begins May 8th. The Summer Reading Road Trip comes to Watchung Booksellers in Montclair on July 11.


Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program ONGOING

Kids read a book and complete a quiz about it to earn prizes. Parents can even approve prizes. This is a year-round reading incentive program.


Bookworm Wednesdays at Showcase Cinemas Summer Reading Program Returning for 2017, details unconfirmed

Complete their book report form and turn it in on a Wednesday to earn a free ticket to a movie (old releases.), caregiver also receives a free ticket – no book report required!


And of course, most libraries have summer reading programs that offer prizes and programming.


Need a book to get your child started? Check out our Story Time Saturday series with children’s book reviews.



What You Need to Know about Participating in Summer Reading Programs

  • Some are restricted to certain ages and others will give credit for books you read to your child.
  • Some summer reading programs require you sign up in advance.
  • Check which books you are allowed to read for credit. In some cases, only certain books maybe eligible for rewards.
  • What are the rewards? Some summer reading programs allow you to pick the reward or earn bucks towards a prize. Others you must choose from a list of available prizes.
  • Check the dates? When does the program end?
  • What is the availability of prizes? Read the fine print,are the prizes available while supplies last or guaranteed to every participant who earns them>


Happy reading!

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