The research shows that children who don't read during the summer months can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage your child to read over the summer because they can read any book, any subject, any time they want. Incentives are a great way to keep your child reading this summer, especially if the incentives result in freebies!
Here are some summer reading programs for kids:
Barnes and Noble Imagination's Destination, gives out a free book to each child who reads 8 books over 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 21 - September 3.
Chuck E. Cheese 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. Program expires 12/31/13.
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program gives out free gift cards to kids (14 and under) 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. One kid in each age group and store will get a $20 gift card. This summer reading program runs June 1 - July 31.
HEB Buddy Summer Reading Club Read 10 books and record them on the reading log. (Parents can read to their children if they are too young.) To receive your free T-shirt, mail the form to: H-E-Buddy 2011 Summer Reading Program, 10530 Sentinel, San Antonio, TX 78217. The program begins now. Forms must be postmarked by October 1, 2013.
San Antonio Public Library Beginning June 1st, you can Dig Into Reading with the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club. If you can read on your own, download the reading log and read 8 books to earn a certificate signed by Mayor Castro and a free paperback book to keep! If you’re a listener, listen to 15 books to claim the same reward. The program begins June 1st - August 31st, 2013. Sign up on the SAPL website or at any branch location. Check out the exciting programs and activities happening at libraries across the city at mysapl.org (event calendar)
Mrs. Amy Adams