Thursday, July 11, 2013

2013 Summer Reading Incentive Programs *UPDATED*

I just saw a "Back to School" ad this week on TV...not funny!!!  We still have a bit to go this summer and it's not too late to READ! Here are some great incentive programs for summer reading.  Last summer, we found some great programs and we found some more out there! Happy reading!  Enjoy the rest of your summer!!  It's flying by!!!

American Girl has a reading program for you!  Read-a-Palooza is a great way to get your 8-12 year old reading this summer!  Head to the American Girl website and download bookmarks and book-related activities involving all of the American Girl Historical characters.  If you're lucky enough to live near a store, check out the schedule for free book activities throughout the summer.  If you choose to purchase an American Girl book, through the end of August, $1 of every book purchased through American Girl (up to $100,000) will support Save the Children's efforts to increase literacy in areas in need of assistance!  Read up!!

Check out Half Price Books to get some bookworm bucks!  Once you've logged 300 minutes of reading, submit your reading log online and become eligible for a five dollar gift card to half price books.  Visit the site for reading tips, logs and book lists!

Join the PBK summer reading challenge!  Pottery Barn is offering a free book for every child under ten who completes an award winning bookmark list or an early reader bookmark list.  Click on the link to download your bookmarks and check them off as you go!  Read the books independently or visit your local store to find out about weekly story times.  They will be sharing the books on the lists this summer.  The gift must be redeemed by August 31st, 2012 and will only be available while supplies last, so get reading! There's even a progress tracker print out that allows your child to color a book for every one he reads!  I love it!

Join the Barnes and Noble summer reading  program.  Click on this link to download your very own Imagination's Destination reading journal.  Read any of the eight books listed on an appropriate list for your reading level and write about whom you would recommend each book, and why.  There are three separate lists for grades 1 & 2, grades 3 & 4, and grades 5 & 6.  Once you have read your books and recorded them in your journal, head to your nearest Barnes and Noble store and choose a free book from their selection of books on the reading journal list.  There are also various activities for the middle grade crowd on the website available for downloading, including the exploration of fiction and non-fiction and character identification.  Head to quick!!!

Chuck E. Cheese has a reward program for you!  Click on the link to download your reading rewards calendar for the summer and check out all the other calendars that you might need, as well.  Once you have checked off two weeks of reading, head to your nearest participating Chuck E. Cheese restaurants and receive 10 free tokens with a food purchase.  You are allowed one free token reward per child, per day, so download other calendars or more reading reward calendars and come back for more on another day!  There are several other calendar reward charts including chores, potty training, homework, thumb sucking and cleaning!       

10 for 10 logo TD Bank has a challenge for you!  Click on this link and print out a form to write down the names of the books your child has read.  When you have finished, bring the form to your nearest TD Bank.  The bank will then deposit $10 into a new or existing young saver account.  This is a one time offer, but a great deal!


  1. Some great stuff here. My daughter loved American Girl dolls and the books. Chuck E. Cheese and reading? What could be more fun. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope all is well with you and your family and that you're having a great summer.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  2. Wow! Thanks for the info!


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