With the end of school upon us, Moms and Dads may be wondering how to fill the summer days with fun activities for the kids. One idea ~ incorporate a regular reading program! Not only do you help your children learn to enjoy reading and sharpen their skills, they can earn lots of FREE books and prizes, too (like iPads and computers)!
Following are several summer programs that will reward your kids with GREAT FREEBIES for their reading efforts and most of these kick off this week:
:: City Library Reading Programs
Fort Worth library system, as well as several surrounding community libraries have reading programs that also offer great prizes ~ from FREE Rangers tickets (Arlington) to a Netbook Computer (Fort Worth). In Euless, even adults can win prizes for their reading efforts. Most of these summer library programs have a fun list of events and other reading activities worth checking out as well. Take a look at these city library reading programs:
- Fort Worth: Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge
- Arlington: Summer Reading Club for Kids
- Southlake: Summer Reading Club
- Denton: Summer Reading Club
- Euless: Catch the Reader Express
:: Barnes & Noble Imagination’s Destination
What: Earn a FREE Book from Barnes & Noble this summer!
How: To get the free book, read any 8 books this summer (the books can be from the library or anywhere else). Print and fill out the B&N reading journal, and then bring the completed form into any Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Who: B&N’s summer reading program is for kids through 6th grade.
When: May 22 through September 4 or until supplies run out.
:: Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
What: Take part in Pottery Barn’s reading program and qualify for a FREE Book! Go here for more details.
How: You will receive the free book when your child reads and completes one of Pottery Barn Kids’s book lists (here), and then brings the completed form into any Pottery Barn Kids store. These books can be checked out from the library system, if you prefer, and do not have to be purchased.
Who: Pottery Barn’s reading list is designed for kids who can read independently. The Early Reader list is designed for reading together with younger children.
When: Now through August 31, 2012 or until supplies run out.
:: Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Reading Program
What: Earn a FREE $5 Back to School Bucks Gift Certificate from Half Price Books. Go here for more details.
How: To get the free gift card, read a total of 300 minutes (they suggest breaking it into 15 minute reading sessions each day). Print and fill out the reading log, and then bring the completed log to any Half Price Books Store.
Who: For kids aged 14 and under.
When: Back-to-School Bucks coupon valid July 25 to August 31.
:: H.E.Buddy Summer Reading Club
What: Earn a FREE t-shirt from H.E.B. when your child reads 10 books. Learn more here.
How: To get the free prize, read any 10 books this summer. Print and fill out the reading journal, and then mail it to the address on the form.
Who: The program does not specify the age, but t-shirts available are sized youth extra small (2-4) to youth extra large (18-20).
When: Form must be postmarked by October 1.
If you can think of a reading program that should be included, please let me know and I’ll add them in. :)
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