Free Summer Reading Programs – 2015

Free Summer Reading Programs 2015

School’s nearly over and my 7-year-old is looking forward to having lots of extra time for reading the books he loves. We love to sign up for the summer reading program at our local library, and we usually sign up for a few others, too. Every child – from the reluctant reader to the voracious reader – will appreciate rewards and treats offered by these local and national reading programs. Sign your kids up now!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading: “Imagination’s Destination”

  • Print out a reading journal and bring it into a Barnes and Noble store
  • Read 8 books and receive a free book
  • Locations in Chicago, Arlington Heights, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Crystal Lake, Deerfield, Deer Park, Evanston, Geneva, Joliet, Lincolnshire, Naperville, Oak Brook, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Skokie, Vernon Hills, and West Dundee
  • Barnes and Noble also has a Kids’ Club that offers members a discount on a single item, a birthday treat, and a loyalty program.

Book Adventure, sponsored by Sylvan

  • Register online
  • Take quizzes based on the books you read
  • Earn points to be used toward prizes like temporary tattoos, ebooks, or a magazine subscription

Books A Million: Summer Quest

  • Visit a local BAM website for a list of the 2015 approved reading list
  • Bring the form to your local Books a Million location when you’ve read 4 books on the list and receive a Camp Half-Blood tote bag
  • Locations in Aurora, Chicago, and Chicago Ridge

Chicago Botanic Garden: Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program

  • Sign up at the Lenhardt Library and receive a stamp for every book you read
  • Receive prizes when you receive 5, 10, 15, and 20 stamps
  • Runs from May 30-August 30, 2015

Chicago Public Library Summer Learning Challenge

  • The Chicago Public Library program usually runs from early June to early August; details of this year’s program are not yet available

Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Reward Calendar

  • Print out a Reading Rewards calendar (or any of the reward calendars)
  • When two full week’s has been marked off, bring it in to Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free tokens

Education.com: Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading Camp

  • 10 weeks of themed reading activities for you to create your own reading camp

Half Price Books: Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

  • Download a reading log and bring it in to the store
  • Receive HPB Bookworm Bucks when you read 300 minutes in one month
  • High school students can also participate; no need for a reading log, just read two books and write a short review
  • Locations in Algonquin, Bloomingdale, Countryside, Highland Park, Naperville, Niles, Orland Park, Palatine, Rockford, and Schaumburg

Meatheads: Voracious Meatheads Reading Program

  • Download and print a reading program certificate
  • Read 5 books and receive a little meathead burger

Pizza Hut BOOK IT!

  • This summer’s reading challenge with Wimpy Kid kicks off June 22, and details will be announced soon.

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club

  • Free Story Time events at stores on Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30 am
  • Become a book club member and receive a prize after attending story time five times
  • Locations in Chicago, Deer Park, Oak Brook, and Skokie

Random House: Got to be Junie B. Kids’ Reading Club

  • Register online to receive a parent newsletter by email
  • Download printables, including a membership card and reading log, sticker sheet, and activity book

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: “Power Up and Read”

  • Online registration and reading log
  • Earn virtual badges and downloadable book chapters by logging minutes and completing weekly challenges
  • Link to your school (optional) to track total minutes read by the student body

You can also visit your local library to find out about their summer reading programs.

What is your favorite summer reading program?

Comments

  1. Terry Lohn says:

    Is there any of these programs in the peoria area or is it only Chicago
    Thank you

    • Hi Terry! The Sylvan Book Adventure, Education.com, Random House, and Scholastic programs are all available to anyone online. Barnes & Noble and Chuck E. Cheese both have Peoria locations.

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