If your child enjoys reading but needs a little push to get into a good book, take a look at these summer reading incentive programs designed to spark your child's interest in reading. If you find yourself missing the deadlines, keep them in mind for next year. These programs are usually offered every summer. (The links below are updated annually.)
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination's Destination: Have your child read any 8 books and record them in a downloadable Reading Journal. Then, turn in the completed Journal at any local Barnes & Noble between May 21 and September 3, 2013 to be eligible for a FREE BOOK. Parents can download fun activities and get teaching tips in their exclusive activity kits!
TD Bank Summer Reading Program: When your child reads 10 books over the summer, TD Bank will deposit $10 into a new or existing Young Saver Account. One $10 offer per reader. Print their Summer Reading Form, fill it out, and take it to your local TD Bank (over 1,250 locations from Maine to Florida). Valid May 6 through September 30, 2013. (Ages 18 and under)
H.E.Buddy Summer Reading Program: (To join, visit hebuddy.com and click on Clubs and Contests) Kids read any 10 books and log them on the downloadable Reading Club Form. Parents initial each book read and mail the completed form to H.E.Buddy by October 1. Kids will receive cool prizes in the mail.
Pizza Hut Book It! Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes: From June 15 to August 15, 2012, kids who were in grades K–6 during the 2011–12 school year and who meet the challenge of reading five books, are eligible for a change to win a "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" summer fun prize package. 50 kids will win!
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program: Have your child read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Once your child has read for 300 minutes, turn in the completed reading log PDF at Half Priced Books (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) to earn $5 HPB Back-to-School Bucks. Program runs from July 25 through August 31, 2012 only. (Ages 14 and under)
Zane Grey Summer Reading Challenge: When your child reads 10 books this summer and record them in the downloadable Reading Log and writes a book review or designs an illustration for one of the books, he or she can earn a free book! Hand deliver or mail the completed log and review/illustration to the Zane Grey Museum before September 3, 2012 to be eligible. You can pick up your free book or it will be sent to you.
2012 Summer Reading Club: Open to homeschoolers in grades K-12. List books read (in their entirety) and the total number of pages on a downloadable form and when your child has read at least 500 pages, send in the completed form along with return postage for a prize package delivered in the mail. Forms should be mailed by August 31, 2012.
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge: From now through August 22, 2013, read all the award-winning books on one of PBK's recommended lists and qualify for fun prizes. Track your child's progress on the downloadable Progress Tracker Poster, award your child with a Certificate of Completion and then visit your local store to receive a free book. (Ages 10 and under.)
Scholastic Summer Challenge: Scholastic has changed things a bit for 2013. Kids must register and log their reading time online, and, according to the Official Rules, the Summer Challenge only runs from May 1 through May 31, 2013. If your child is one of the 3 lucky winners (of autographed copies of The False Prince and The Runaway King), you may have to furnish his or her social security number. (Ages 15 and under)
* 2013 Update in Progress
Want to keep your child reading all year long?
Here are some reading incentive programs that run throughout the year.