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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 10 weeks of themed reading activities for you to create your own reading camp
- 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
- Download and print a reading program certificate
- Read 5 books and receive a little meathead burger
- This summer’s reading challenge with Wimpy Kid kicks off June 22, and details will be announced soon.
- 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
- Register online to receive a parent newsletter by email
- Download printables, including a membership card and reading log, sticker sheet, and activity book
- 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?