2011 Summer Reading Programs

Child Reading Sculpture photo

What’s a kid to do with their summer? Read, of course!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program – Kids earn a free book when they read 8 books. Download the reading journal to track the books and turn in to get the free book.

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Reading Program – Kids earn $5 store credit for reading 600 minutes (10 hours) between June 1 and July 31.

Borders Summer Reading Program – By reading 10 books, your child can earn one free book.

Local Library – Many local libraries offer some type of summer reading incentive.

Independent Booksellers – Check your local area to see if the independent book sellers are offering a summer reading incentive for kids. Many do offer something for the kids.

My friend Kristie at Saving Dollars and Cents has a few more Summer Reading Programs listed on her site.

Know of any others? Let me know and I’ll share them!

Note: Of course there are rules, restriction, limitations and what have you (darn lawyers!) for each of the programs so read the fine print. It’ll give you something to do while your kids are reading and trying to earn free stuff!

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2010 Summer Reading Programs

Last week I had several posts about Summer Reading Programs that will encourage the kids to read and reward them with a special treat.  Barnes & Noble, Borders and Half-Price Books are all participating this summer.

I have a guest post up at Madame Deals with all the information in one place.  Head over there, or click on the links above to get all the details.


Half Price Books Summer Reading Program – Earn $3 a Week!

Half Price Books has a great summer reading program for kids – Feed Your Brain. Instead of earning pre-determined books, they offer a $3 Shoppers Card. Here are the details:

Dates: June 1 through July 31, 2010
Who: Kids ages 14 and under
What: Earn a $3 Shopping card for each week that they read at least 15 minutes per day.

Only one Shopping Card can be redeemed per purchase. It can use it on books, DVDs, CDs and more! Download the weekly reading log or get them in store. Half Price Books is located in 16 states, check the store locator to see if there is one in your area.

Thank you to Amy at Deals for Dayton for this great way to encourage reading this summer.


Borders Summer Reading Program & Free Book

This Summer, Borders is hosting the ’10 Summer Double Dog Dare reading program. It is open to all kids 12 and under! Here are the details:

  • Read ANY 10 books
  • Download and print the Double-Dog Dare form
  • Fill it out with the 10 books that the child read
  • Take the completed form to any Borders for a FREE BOOK

Fine Print: Free Book available only in-store, not online. No purchase necessary. Take completed form to any Borders, Borders Express or Waldenbooks store by 8/26/10 to redeem. Offer valid in-store only. Valid only on selected titles. See form for compete details.

Thank you to my BFF, Zoniduck, for sharing this with me and BabyGirl!


Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program & Free Book

Barnes & Noble is hosting a Summer Reading Program for school aged children (Grades 1- 6).

  1. Read any eight (8) books this summer and record them in the Passport.
  2. Bring your completed Passport to a Barnes & Noble store between May 25 and September 7, 2010.
  3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of your Passport. Your name will be automatically entered in the autographed book sweepstakes.

Fine Print:  This offer is valid for one free book (from the list on the passport) at all Barnes & Noble stores between 5/25/10 and 9/7/10 for a completed Reading Passport, only while supplies last. No purchase necessary. Book choice must be made from available stock. There is no guarantee that your book of choice will be available or in stock. This offer does not apply to special orders. Limit of 1 free book per school-age child (Grades 1-6); completing multiple Reading Passports does not entitle the school-age child to more than 1 free book. Not valid at Barnes & Noble College bookstores, B. Dalton bookstores, or through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com). This offer is not redeemable for cash, cash equivalents, Gift Cards, or online Gift Certificates, and is not valid on past purchases, nor will any returns of books provided pursuant to this offer be eligible for credit of any type. This offer is subject to change or discontinuation without notice, however, we will honor all completed Reading Passports submitted to a Barnes & Noble store prior to such discontinuation or change. Offer is void where prohibited by law.