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Summer Reading Programs 2017 May 30, 2017

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Happy Camper: Take a Reading Adventure invites students to join a free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. There are special books to unlock and rewards to earn as you bank your minutes. 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.
BNSummer2017Summer Reading – Barnes & Noble
. The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for 1st through 6th graders is here to help encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps: 1. Read 8 books and record them in your Reading Journal. 2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 17th  and September 5th, 2017. 3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal. 

BookMillion2017Books-A-Million is sponsoring a Summer Reading Challenge. They are giving away a free Maze Runner water bottle to students who read 4 books from their selected book list. You must complete and turn in a signed reading journal in person at their bookstore.

HEB2017H.E.B. Grocery Stores is sponsoring the H.E. Buddy Reading Program. Students need to read 10 books and record it on their reading log to earn a free T-Shirt. Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2017.
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. This is only good for June and July 2017 only. Bookworm bucks expire September 1st.

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

 

ChuckECheese2017Reward Your Kid With Rewards Calendars 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 12/31/17, but only one chart may be redeemed per child per day.

lifeway2017LifeWay’s national summer reading program helps promote the love of reading books as well as encouraging the love of God’s word through reading his Scripture.

Source: LifeWay R.E.A.D. – Summer Reading Program for Kids – LifeWay

Lifeway is a chain of Christian bookstores. If you have one near you, your child can participate in their program which runs from June 1 – August 31 for students in 1st to 6th grade. Read six books and memorize six Bible verses. Complete the downloadable reading journal and turn it in at your local store for a free book and Bible.

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

This is not a traditional summer reading program in terms of earning books or prizes. 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 will launch 6/27)

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. This is a year-round program.

sync2017Sync is offering a summer audio reading program just for teens. Students 13+ get two free audio books per week all summer long.

San DiegoFair2017Of 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.

For Homeschoolers:

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. Pizza Hut has a homeschool reading rewards program that allows you to participate in a reading rewards program. Enroll here for your K-6 (5 to 12 years old) students.

HSBC2017Homeschool Buyers Co-op has summer reading program that gives each participating student a chance to win for every hour read. You may also count listening to audio books or time you spent reading to your child. You must log in your daily reading on the Reading Champions to earn your chances to win prizes from the Community Treasure Chest. The program runs from June 1st to September 1st.

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: http://wp.me/p1M41l-XW

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Summer Reading Programs 2016 May 10, 2016

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Be a Hero 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. There are special books to unlock and rewards to earn as you bank your minutes. 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 Triathlon is here to help encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps: 1. Choose 3 of the 4 listed activities and record your answer in your Reading Journal. 2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 17th  and September 6th, 2016. 3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal. 

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. This is only good for June and July 2016 only. Bookworm bucks expire September 1st.

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

Reward Your Kid With Rewards Calendars 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 12/31/16, but only one chart may be redeemed per child per day.

LifeWay’s national summer reading program helps promote the love of reading books as well as encouraging the love of God’s word through reading his Scripture.

Source: LifeWay R.E.A.D. – Summer Reading Program for Kids – LifeWay

Lifeway is a chain of Christian bookstores. If you have one near you, your child can participate in their program which runs from June 1 – August 31 for students in 1st to 6th grade. Read six books and memorize six Bible verses. Complete the downloadable reading journal and turn it in at your local store for a free book and Bible.

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. This is a year-round program.

 

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.

For Homeschoolers:

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. Pizza Hut has a homeschool reading rewards program that allows you to participate in a reading rewards program. Enroll here for your K-6 (5 to 12 years old) students.

Homeschool Buyers Co-op has summer reading program that gives each participating student a chance to win for every hour read. You may also count listening to audio books or time you spent reading to your child. You must log in your daily reading on the Reading Champions to earn your chances to win prizes from the Community Treasure Chest. The program runs from June 1st to September 1st.

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: http://wp.me/p1M41l-XW

 

BulBul Apps – free on iTunes an Google Play July 12, 2015

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BulBul Apps – Free Kids Apps on the App Store on iTunes.

Bulbul Apps – Free Kids Apps – Android Apps on Google Play.

This is a great free kid’s library app of e-books. If you are looking for something to add to your device, this is a great free choice. Bulbul is available for the iPad, iPhone as well as on Google Play.
Children can read on their own or choose the read aloud option. The developer has a goal of adding one free storybook per week to this collection. This app is being developed collaboratively from artists, writers and animators from all over the world. This is a great option for bringing along a portable collection that includes folk tales and fairy tales that have stood the test of time.
I would much rather use an app like this to pass the time while waiting with my son for an appointment rather than streaming mindless video content. This is wonderful for parents to squeeze in extra reading time with their children when they have a few extra minutes.

L@WS

 

 

Kids Book: Sing-Along Construction Song (free today!) May 17, 2015

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Kids Book: Sing-Along Construction Song (Children’s Books for Ages 3-5) – Kindle edition by Louise Lintvelt, Julie Sneeden. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com..

This fun books for vehicle loving kids is free today for download for your kindle reader or app.

Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

L@WS

 

 

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.  http://www.chuckecheese.com/_content_assets/files/images/calendars/2015/ReadingRewards_RC_1214.pdf

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: https://www.scholarshare.com/news/reading.shtml 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:  https://www.sdfair.com/pdf/2015/exhibits/school_programs/2015_reading_cert_en.pdf

**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: http://wp.me/p1M41l-XW

 

80 Phonics Readers – free again in case you missed it! July 23, 2014

Filed under: Book Apps,Early Elementary,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:16 am
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There is a huge iBook giveaway from Francis Morgan & Josephine Lai of their 80 early phonics readers. This giveaway will not last long so start downloading as soon as you see this post since each iBook has to be purchased individually. You need to download the iBook reader app in order to read them on your Apple device.

Books 1-52 here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/swrl/id731669223?mt=11

Books 53-80 here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/francis-morgan/id626953438?mt=11

L@WS

 

 

Massive List of 2014 Summer Reading Programs June 29, 2014

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

This year’s Read Under the Stars 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 20th and September 2nd, 2014.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Store Events | Pottery Barn Kids.

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 this 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. It was a tough sell last year to get my son to read those mermaid, princess and ballerina books on last year’s list. You can find the summer reading list here: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/pkimgs/ab/images/i/201123/0011/images/pdf/store-events/Book_List.pdf

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 logto 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!*

Reward Your Kid With Rewards Calendars | Chuck E. Cheese’s.

How about free tokens on their next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Print out our free rewards calendar to get started.

Download and print out the calendar. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in the completed calendars to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward. This is an on-going program that can be used to reward a wide variety of goals.

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.

Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Program | TD Bank.
Hey kids in grades K-5, participating is easy:

 Read 10 books this summer.

  1. Print out the Summer Reading Form
  2. Write down the names of the books you’ve read
  3. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  4. Receive $10 in a new existing Young Saver account

    Random House | Junie B. Jones |.

    Even though this is not Junie B. Jones is not my cup of tea. Here’s an opportunity to get a free book.

    Sign up your child today for the Junie B. Jones Kids’ Reading Club! New Reading Club members will receive a FREE Starter Set* including Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus—the first book in the New York Times bestselling series—and a Junie B. checklist bookmark. Starter Sets available only while supplies last.

    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!

 

Fuel for School Free Books.

This is also not a traditional summer reading program, but a program to give away free books. You need to collect free book codes on specially marked packaged of Kellogg’s products. Go online to the linked website and enter your free book code and choose your free book. You can choose to donate the book to your school’s library or receive it to enjoy on your own.

Fizz, Boom, Save for College Promotion : ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

The Reading Makes Cent$ Promotion is open to legal residents of the State of California who are at least 18 years of age or older and are the parent or legal guardian of a California student of any age through grade 8 during the 2014-2015 school year and who is participating in a public library Summer reading program in the State of California. Enter the promotion by completing the entry form between  May 26 – August 4, 20143. Forms are available at your local library. Sponsored by the ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

Of local interest to San Diegans, your child can earn free admission to the San Diego Fair for reading 10 books. You can download a reading log here: http://www.sdfair.com/pdf/2014_studentprograms/2014readingcert-english.pdf

Homeschool Buyers Co-op: Homeschooling discounts, resources, and free curriculum..

This is a reading contest that is available to any member of Homeschool Buyers Co-0p. You don’t actually have to be a homeschooler to sign up for free membership with the co-op and purchase discounted curricula and materials. You can enter your child’s reading activity as frequently as every day. You get one entry for every one of reading your child completes until September 2nd. There are weekly drawings for different prizes like an Amazon gift certificate, and for a grand prize of a brand new iPad Air.

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: http://wp.me/p1M41l-XW

 

 
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