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Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids 2012

Perhaps the most important and convenient summer reading program taking place, will be at your local library.  Don’t forget to check out your local library to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer!  My library has a free story time for little ones that we go to all of the time.

CCPL has already launched the MISSION POSSIBLE: READ program for ADULTS too!!   We win prizes each year, and my kids always get to pick out at least two brand new books each.  We also have great launch and ending parties.  Please support your local library!!

Amazon has a 4 for 3 program where you buy 3 books and the 4th one is free!

Barnes and Noble  –  This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.  B&N also has storytime, twice per week for the little ones. Check your local store for details.

Chuck E. Cheese  Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row.  Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free tokens!

Half Price Books (ages 14 and under) who choose to read at least 15 minutes each day throughout their summer break during June &  July will earn $5 HPB Back-to-School Bucks reading reward for each month.

National Amusements  has a fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months. BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas or Cinema de Lux box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. You cannot yet sign up for this program, so keep checking back!

PBS Kids This challenge kicks off on June 6th and includes a FREE six week reading program and the chance for your kids to win daily prizes for their participation.

Pottery Barn offers storytime and many other kid – friendly activities.  Free storytime for little ones on Tuesday at 11am.  You get a little passport and once you attend 5 storytimes, you get a free gift.  (Just double check the time by calling ahead to your store.)

Scholastic  Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!

Sylvan Book Adventure  is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes
for their reading success!  We are shooting for the 6 month subscription to Highlights Magazine.

TD BANK Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE! (We don’t have this bank in Ohio, but they’re right around the corner from where we’ll be vacationing this summer!!)

If you have any to add, please do so in the comments below!! Enjoy!!!!!

This list would have been much more challenging to compile, if not for the excellent work of Saving Dollars and Cents.  Thank you!

Throughout the schoolyear, your child can earn free passes to Six Flags by participating in their Read to Succeed program!

Books Should Be Free is an online website offering HUNDREDS of FREE audio books for you to download. These are perfect for long family car rides and summer vacation trips!


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