Reading Programs for Kids with Awesome Reading Rewards

Posted on: May 14th, 2021 by

We all love to encourage our kids to read. When they tell you about a story they read and how it affects them, it’s a completely rewarding moment as a parent. A great way to encourage more reading is with reading rewards!

We love all the summer reading programs offered by libraries and stores, but did you know there are rewards for year round reading too? Every so often we find out about another new, exciting reading program that rewards kids for reading. We wanted to make you aware of the reading programs for summer reading, some that run during the school year, and some reading incentive programs that work directly with the schools.

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” – Dr. Seuss

Check out what we’ve found both locally and nationally to get your kids wanting to pick up a book this summer and all year round!

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Summer Reading Incentive Programs

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

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program 

Confirmed for 2021.

How does the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading program work?

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read books of their own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

  • Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
  • Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store any time in the month of August 2019.
  • Choose a NEW FREE reading adventure from the book list featured in the journal.
  • Learn more here.

Books a Million Summer Reading Program 

Confirmed for 2021.

How does the Books a Million Summer Reading program work?

In the Books a Million Summer Reading Program, kids read 4 books from the Summer Reading Adventure section (in store and online) and earn a free Because of Winn Dixie Notepad. Learn more here.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program

The TD Bank Summer Reading Program was discontinued as confirmed by this tweet.

How does the TD Bank Summer Reading program work?

The TD Bank Summer Reading Program allows kids from Kindergarten-5th grade to earn $10 for reading 10 books! Money is deposited into a TD Simple Savings Account.

Amazon Summer Reading Challenge

Confirmed for 2021.

How does the Amazon Summer Reading Challenge work?

The Amazon Summer Reading Challenge is open to children in grades Kindergarten -8th. Read any 8 books and bring your list to any Amazon Books store by Sept. 2 and receive a certificate good for $1 off your next book purchase at Amazon Books (only NJ location is Garden State Plaza in Paramus). Learn more here

Scholastic Summer Challenge Summer Reading Program 

Confirmed for 2021.

How does the Scholastic Summer Challenge Summer Reading Program work?

The Scholastic Summer Challenge Summer Reading Program runs April 26, 2021 to September 3, 2021. Kids log in their reading minutes to unlock digital rewards. Kids will be able to track their summer reading by maintaining a Reading Streak in Home Base. The longer a child extends their reading streak, the more digital experiences they earn! Kids can read any book of their choice and download and print a report of their reading progress at any time. Learn more here.

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3 Year Round Reading Programs with Reading Rewards for Kids

Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program 

Confirmed for 2021.

How does the Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program work?

The Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program is a year round incentive program. Kids read a book and complete a quiz about it to earn prizes. Parents can even approve prizes. Learn more here.

iPlay America Danny’s Book Club

Confirmed for 2021.

How does the iPlay America Danny’s Book Club work?

The iPlay America Danny’s Book Club offers kids an iRide Plus pass after reading 5 books! Reading must be done by May 2, 2021, tickets valid May 24, 2021 – July 4, 2021. Learn more here.

Chuck E Cheese Awards and Rewards Program

Confirmed for 2021.

How does the Chuck E Cheese Awards and Rewards Program work?

Chuck E Cheese offers a reading rewards program. For every 2 weeks of reading your child does on their own or with a grownup they can earn 10 free tokens for their next visit. Form can be printed from the Chuck E. Cheese website. Learn more here.

School Based Reading Rewards Programs

What a great way to keep reading rewards going year round! Check out the links below and share with your teachers and administrators if your schools aren’t already participating.

NJ Jackals Hit The Books Summer Reading Program

Awaiting confirmation for 2021

How does the NJ Jackals Hit The Books Summer Reading Program work?

In the 2019 NJ Jackals Hit The Books Summer Reading Program each student received a Jackals bookmark to track the completion of 3 assignments as determined by their teacher. The students received a prize each time they completed an assignment, with the grand prize being 2 FREE reading rewards tickets to a Jackals home game! Learn more here.

Sussex County Miners Read to Achieve

Awaiting confirmation for 2021

How does the Sussex County Miners Read to Achieve Program work?

The Sussex County Miners Read to Achieve Program offers each student a Miners bookmark to track the completion of 2 assignments as determined by their teacher. The students receive a prize each time they complete an assignment, with the grand prize being 2 FREE reading rewards tickets to a Miners home game and a McDonald’s meal! Learn more here.

Buster’s Book Pals

Awaiting confirmation for 2021

How does the Buster’s Book Pals Program work?

The Buster’s Book Pals Program is open to any child that reads five books. They can earn, through their school, a special bookmark, which entitles the child to a free BlueClaws ticket to any game in May. Learn more here.

Pizza Hut Book it Program

Year Round Program

How does the Pizza Hut Book it Program work?

The Pizza Hut Book it Program has been in existence since 1984 and is open to grades preschool through 6th grade.  Classroom teachers decide the number of books kids must read. Once a student submits their reading log, the teacher awards the student a reading rewards voucher for a personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. They are now accepting enrollments for the 2021-2022 school year. Learn more here.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Suspended for 2021.

How does the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading program work?

The Six Flags Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free reading rewards ticket to Six Flags! Learn more here.

And of course, most libraries have summer reading programs that offer prizes and programming. Read about how NJ libraries are encouraging summer reading in this post.

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.

Need help keeping track of what the kids read?

Have the kids keep track on their own. These reading logs and journals on Amazon make it easy for kids to stay organized, remember what they read, and get credit for it. These are Amazon affiliate links so if you buy something we’ll get a small commission, thank you. I loved these so much I got a few for my kids.

Happy reading!

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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