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Massive List of Summer Reading Programs 2015 May 13, 2015

Filed under: Children's Books,Homeschooling — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:46 pm
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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Power Up and Read! Challenge invites students to help Read for the World Record. A free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. The Summer Challenge is an easy and fun way for kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they earn rewards. You can also organize your local school group to read together to see how much your school reads together. Book Adventure | Free Reading Program. Sylvan’s Learning Centers. Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they have read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Program is on-going. Summer Reading – Barnes & Noble. The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: Imagination’s Destination is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps: 1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in this Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination Journal. Be sure to let us know to whom you would recommend each book, and why. 2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 19th  and September 7th, 2015. 3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.  Store Events | Pottery Barn Kids.  (NEED TO UPDATE) Summer is the perfect time to instill a love of reading in your child. From now through July 31st, read all the award-winning books on one of our recommended lists and qualify for fun prizes. Just a note, you don’t actually have to read their specific book list, I spoke with the staff last summer, and you can substitute books on the list for books that your child enjoys reading. You can find the summer reading list here: (Pottery Barn has not publicized there list yet at the time of this posting.) Half Price Books – Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

For kids 14 and under:

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed reading log to earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month.

We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

How about earning free tokens on their next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Print out a free rewards calendar to get started. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in the completed calendars to your local Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward. You can do this as many times as you like before 12/31/15, but only one chart may be redeemed per child per day.

Soar With Reading – a joint project with JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books.

This is not a traditional summer reading program sponsored by Jet Blue. Your child gets an opportunity to help donate Magic Tree House books to needy children during each entry period. Your child will have to draw on their knowledge of geography and the clues given by Mary Pope Osborne to figure out where Jack and Annie are travelling for their next adventure. Each correct entry will be entered into a drawing for a free airline flight for two and hotel accommodations. (this year’s contest has not be launched yet.)

Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Program | TD Bank.

Hey kids in grades K-5, participating is easy:

 Read 10 books this summer.

  • Print out the summer reading form.
  • Write down the names of the books you’ve read
  • Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  • Receive $10 in a new existing Young Saver account
  • Excellence in Reading – Mensa for Kids.Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too! The Mensa Foundation recognizes and encourages education, gifted youth and lifelong learning through programs like the Mensa for Kids Web site and other activities. To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Award Program! Read and earn a free t-shirt and award certificate.

Veritas Press is a popular Christian classical homeschool curricula and on-line class providers. They are hosting a summer reading contest. Please note that you may NOT submit your entry until AFTER your student has completed their reading lists.

Summer Reading Contest

Someone once said that “reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” Summer can seem like a fun break for the first month and half, but soon students are craving more than the daily trips to the pool. That’s why every summer we have a summer reading contest. It doesn’t just keep their minds sharp for the following school year, it allows them to visit many different “someplaces” in one summer.

Please encourage your children to be a part of the contest this summer. It begins now and continues through September 15, 2015. We only ask that you as parents or teachers verify what the children have read, and then, after they have met their goals, complete the online entry form. Please encourage them to read good literature, not just look for a book that meets the page count criteria. Click here to download a reading chart if you would like to track your student’s progress.

Veritas Press Reading Contest Rules

1. Reading Quantity 1. Kindergarten & 2nd Grade: 40 Easy Readers (ex., Frog and Toad are Friends) 2. 3rd & 4th Grades: 25 books of at least 125 pages (ex., The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) 3. 5th & 6th Grades: 25 books of at least 150 pages (ex., Treasure Island) 4. 7th – 12th Grades: 25 books of at least 200 pages (ex., The Fellowship of the Ring) 2. After the child has completed the readings, entries must be submitted online by 5:00 PM EDT, September 15, 2015. 3. The first 250 submissions in each age division will be given a $10 gift certificate. 4. A drawing will be held from all submissions and will be announced in the October Epistula. There will be three winners from the drawing. 1. $150 First Prize 2. $100 Second Prize 3. $70 Third Prize Need some suggestions? Check out our summer reading lists.

California has a Scholarshare program that partners with California public libraries. Students that complete the summer reading challenge can enter for a chance to win $500 in a 529 college savings plan. You can enter your child here: Of local interest to San Diegans, your child can earn free admission to the San Diego Fair by reading 10 books. You can download a reading log here:

**Do check back for updates with additional reading programs. There are several that have not released their information for 2015 yet that I will add to this blog when it is released.**

Always, sign up for your local library reading programs. Happy reading this summer with your kids! L@WS P.S. If you are at a loss for picking good books for your kids to read, check out my blog about Good Literature here:


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