Kids Summer Reading Programs

There are many programs available that offer incentives to get kids to read during the summer.  Here are the best ones I’ve found:

Borders “Double-Dog Dare” – Kids 12 and under who read 10 books can fill out the form and bring it to a Borders or Waldenbooks store by 8/26/10 to get a FREE book (select titles available)!

Barnes & Noble “Passport to Summer Reading” – Kids in grades 1-6 who read 8 books and fill out the downloadable passport with the places they visited for each book, can turn in their passport to a Barnes & Noble store by 9/7/10 for a FREE book (select titles available).

Half Price Books “Feed Your Brain” – Kids ages 14 and under can earn a $3 Half Price Books shopping card for each week (6/1 – 7/31) that they read at least 15 minutes per day and bring their completed and signed reading log to a Half Price Books store each week.

National Amusements “Bookworm Wednesdays” – Kids (as well as accompanying parents/gaurdians and children under six) get FREE admission to a select children’s film at participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas or Cinema de Lux box office on Wednesdays at 10 am July 7th – August 11th when they bring in a completed book report.

Chuck E. Cheese’s “Reading Rewards Calendar” – Kids who read every day for 2 weeks can bring in the completed calendar to get 10 FREE tokens with a pizza purchase at Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Pottery Barn Kids “Book Club” – Children who attend 5 story times – Tuesdays at 11 am – will get a special gift.

HEBuddy “Summer Reading Club” – Kids who read 10 books (younger children can have their parents read to them!) can mail in the completed form by October 1st for a FREE T-Shirt!

TD Bank “Summer Reading Program” – Kids 18 and younger who read 10 books can bring in the completed form to a TD Bank by 9/30/10 and get $10 deposited into a new or existing young savers account.

Many libraries also offer summer reading programs so be sure to check yours out!


  1. Thank you so much for compiling the list. We actually did all of these (the ones that apply to us anyway) last year and this list saves me from having to look up the dates/forms this year. 🙂


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