Free Books: 2013 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Posted on 06/03/2013

School may be out for three months but learning can still be in session thanks to a wide variety of free reading programs. According to research, summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being the most impacted. Stop summer brain drain and get your youngsters excited about books with these free 2013 summer reading programs for kids.

Scholastic Summer Challenge
Help Scholastic set a new world record by reading more minutes this summer than ever before. The Scholastic Summer Challenge is free to join and logging your reading minutes qualifies kids for super summer prizes and digital rewards.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
When kids read any eight books and record them in the printable Reading Journal found at, they'll earn a free book from the selection list found in the store. Also, if you're wondering what books your kids might like, there is an age appropriate list of staff picks for summer reading on the website.

Books-A-Million 2013 Summer Reading Program
From now until August 17 kids that read any six books from the Books-A-Million approved list will receive a free Carl Hiaasen HOOT or CHOMP backpack. A parent must sign off on the form.

The Summer Reading Star Game
Reading is turned into a super fun game thanks to free printables from Kids receive reading challenges found on a BINGO card like reading in the car, on a Monday or in their favorite chair. Once they hit BINGO they'll earn a coupon for a treat like staying up late or an ice cream cone. When they achieve a blackout on the BINGO card they'll get a golden ticket for a really great prize like a trip to the water park.

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
Kids will earn a free book when they complete one of the Pottery Barn Kids reading lists. The challenge ends on August 24, or while supplies last and it's only good for kids under the age of ten.

Restaurant Reading Challenges
Kids can earn free rewards at various restaurants when they complete reading challenges. Students who complete ten books will enjoy a free kid's meal at Applebee's when accompanied by a paying adult. Print a free Chuck E. Cheese's Reading Rewards Calendar. If your child reads every day for two weeks they'll receive ten free tokens.

Local Library Summer Reading Programs
Libraries across the country are launching summer reading programs. From Brooklyn to Houston you'll find fun activities, prizes and challenges set up for kids at every reading level. The best part is, it's all free and will ensure that your child starts the next school year off ready to learn.

By Alison Storm

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