Summer Reading Programs 2018

A List of Summer Reading Programs for Kids That Give Free Books, Money and More

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Summer Reading Programs for 2018 are now updated!

Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage your child to read over the summer months. So why not give them a little incentive to really get into that summer reading? Especially if those incentives are some great kid freebies!

Below you'll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids free stuff like free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more.

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This year the Barnes and Noble's summer reading program gives out a free book to each child who reads and records 8 books during the summer.

There are many free books to choose from and there's something for every kid in grades 1-6.

This summer reading program runs May 15 - September 3, 2018.

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Half Price Books gives out free gift cards to kids who read books this summer.

When kids read for 300 minutes during both June and July, they'll get a free $5 gift card per month to Half Price Books.

This summer reading program runs June 1 - July 31, 2018.

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Kids can get a free pencil case with pencils this summer with the Books-A-Million summer reading program.

The kids must read 4 of the qualified books, fill out a journal form to show which ones they read, and return it to any Books-A-Million store.

The summer reading program runs now through an unknown end date.

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Sync has a summer reading program just for teens that will get them two free audiobooks each week this summer.

Each week there will be a current young adult book as well as a classic title that teens will be able to download for free through the OverDrive app.

This summer reading program runs April 26 - July 25, 2018.

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Sylvan's reading program called Book Adventure encourages children to read books and then take online quizzes over the books to earn points.

These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD's, and games.

This summer reading program runs now until June 30, 2018.

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Chuck E. Cheese has a summer reading program where kids can earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks.

This summer reading program goes on all year.

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The H.E. Buddy Summer Reading Club sponsored by H.E.B. grocery stores gives out a free t-shirt for each child who reads 10 books this summer.

This summer reading program is valid now until October 1, 2018.

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Scholastic has a summer reading challenge where kids read and then go online to record the minutes they've read this summer. They'll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards.

This summer reading program runs May 7 - September 7, 2018.

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Some of the best summer reading programs are at your local public library. Every public library has a different summer reading program but almost all of them have rewards and prizes for kids as well as fun events.