Are you eager to get your child reading for the summer? These summer reading programs will help get your entire family excited about reading! Many of these are national summer reading programs but several are local only to Lancaster County readers!
And be sure to read the entire way through the list because at the end I share some tricks on getting your child to read, as well as some other free things to do this summer!
1. Lancaster Libraries Summer Reading Program
The countywide Public Library Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages. Program components include 4 reading levels:
- Read Aloud (birth-4 years)
- Elementary (ages 5-9)
- Tween (ages 10-12)
- Teen level (ages 13-19)
Prizes are different based on the reading level age groups, but usually include FREE and/or discounted tickets to a variety of sponsors including McDonalds, Strasburg Railroad, Lancaster Barnstormers, Bounce Kraze, Barnyard Kingdom, Isaac’s Deli, Dutch Wonderland, Castle Roller Skating, Auntie Anne’s pretzels, Laserdome, Rita’s, Skyzone, and more!
2. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program 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. It is only open to children in grades 1-6.
- Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
- Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
- Choose your a FREE reading adventure book from their book list.
3. Scholastic Summer Reading Program
Calling all happy campers! Are you ready to take a reading adventure? Join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by grabbing your favorite books, logging your reading minutes, and most importantly, having fun all summer long!
This summer reading program runs May 8 – September 8, 2017.
4. Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards
Download and print out Chuck E.’s Rewards Calendars. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in a completed calendar to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward.
5. TD Bank Summer Reading Program
Kids in grades K-5 can participate in the TD Bank Summer Reading Program by reading 10 books this summer, filling out the summer reading form and taking it to your TD Bank (closest one to Lancaster is in Downingtown). Kids will receive $10 in a new or existing TD Simple Savings account!
Weekly story time every Tuesday at 11am. Become a Pottery Barn Kids Book Club member, and you’ll receive a special surprise after attending five events. Located at 35 South Willowdale Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602.
Other FREE Summer Reading Programs
- Sylvan’s Book Adventure. 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’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. When a student has earned enough points for the prize of their choice, they request a prize.
- AudioBookSync for Teens. SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. They give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.
- Books A Million Summer Adventure. Complete their summer reading form (kids usually have to read at least 4 books of the Books A Million reading list), bring it to your local store (Park City Mall, Lancaster) and receive a FREE gift!
- Education.com. Helps you create your own summer reading camp!
- Pizza Hut Summer Program. While there is not a Book-It program for the summer like during the school year, Pizza Hut has partnered with Candlewick Press to create some really fun activity sheet downloads for different children’s books!
How To Encourage Your Child to Read More
Is it hard to get your child to read? Try downloading a FREE kids book on your Kindle to get them excited about reading. Sometimes a change from ‘normalcy’ can be really intriguing!
PBS Kids also offers some great tips and ideas on finding ways for kids to have fun with literacy. Activities and resources show you how to raise a confident reader, what to do when your child hates reading, and encourages reading to happen anywhere from the park to the doctor’s office. They also have some best books for boys and tips for getting boys in particular to read more!