I love curling up in a shady spot on a hot day and reading a book. With three kids that really doesn’t happen much anymore, but I’m hoping to pass it on to them. Encourage your kids to read by enrolling them in a free book club this summer. I have only listed a couple library reading programs so if yours isn’t listed be sure to check for reading programs there as well.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading – Record 8 books in the Reading Journal (PDF on their site) and bring it to a Barnes & Noble store for a free book from their Reading Journal list. May 21 through September 3, 2013.
Book Adventure – Sign up and your child can take quizzes on books they read to gain points that can be used toward prizes.
Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program at Half Price Books – Children who record 300 minutes of reading (or being read to) and bring in your reading lot (PDF download available on their site) to a Half Price Books for a $5 gift certificate. One top reader in each age group will be chosen monthly to receive a $20 Half Price Books gift certificate.
Got to B Junie B. Kids Reading Club – Sign up to receive a Starter Kit including a free book (while supplies last), activity pages, and a membership card. Receive seasonal newsletters.
Have Book, Will Travel at the Orland Park Public Library – Kick-off celebration on June 1 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.
Make It at the Arlington Heights Public Library – Children can pick up a journal at the summer reading table and set their own goals for what they want to read, discover, and create. When they meet their goals they receive a free book.
Read-A-Palooza at The American Girl Place – Download book excerpts and activities and attend in-store reading events.
Reading Rewards at Chuck E. Cheese – Log two weeks of reading to receive 10 free tokens at Chuck E. Cheese.
Scholastic Summer Challenge – Children can register for an account and complete weekly challenges to win badges and virtual awards.
Summer Reading Challenge at Pottery Barn Kids – Read the books on the Favorites List or Early Reader List, download a progress tracker, and download a certificate of completion. Bring the certificate to a Pottery Barn Kids location for a free book. Bookmarks and activities can also be downloaded on the site.
The Summer Reading Community Challenge at iVillage – Four week program starting June 17. Sign up to receive daily emails with literacy tips, games, activities, printables, crafts, and a daily chance to win prizes.
Summer Reading Program at the Naperville Public Library – Kids can complete a summer reading log and receive incentives. Non-residents can participate for only $5.
Start your own book club – The International Reading Association has tips on how to start your own book club.