2013 Summer Reading Programs & Resources

It's officially summer and time to get those kiddos working on their Summer Reading lists.  My kids read all year long, but especially enjoy summer reading because of the special incentives from the program at the public library. 

Babies in Bloom, summer reading programs at the library
We especially love Anne Arundel County's program which includes puppet shows, magicians, and family concerts.  And the incentives/rewards for summer reading are wonderful; chances to win tickets to an Orioles game, a ticket to the Baysox, and coupons to Chick-fil-A!  (My teen is looking forward to a chance to win prizes in the weekly trivia on Anne Arundel County Public Library's Teen Facebook Page)

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Last year, The Attic Baby earned a Summer Reading prize that was just ducky and participated in a fun Babies in Bloom program.  We're looking forward to earning a board book this year and enjoying other fun activities!

If you haven't signed up your child for Summer Reading at your local library, it's not too late.   (or yourself, your library may have a program just for adults too)

Summer Reading

If you're looking for other great Summer Reading resources, I've put together a list that will help motivate your children to get started on their summer reading:

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge

Now through August 26th, download the Summer Reading bookmark list and bring to your local Pottery Barn for a special gift while supplies last.  This is for early & independent readers.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

Read any 8 books, record them on your child's Reading Journal, and receive a free book from their Reading Journal list at your local store May 21-Sept. 3rd while supplies last (Grades K-6). Plus, you can download a free Teacher Activity Kit as a resource for homeschooling or the classroom.

American Girl Read-a-palooza

Find Reading Resources and fun free In-store Events (I can't wait until my daughter's old enough to take her to the DC location!)  Girls Ages 8+

Books-a-Million Summer Reading with Carl Hiaasen

Read any 6 books on the Summer Reading form between May 19-August 17 for School Age-Teens and receive a free Carl Hiaasen HOOT or CHOMP backpack while supplies last (see your local store for details)

Chuck E. Cheese's Summer Reading Reward Calendar

Set a daily goal for your kids (whether daily minutes or # of books) and mark it off on this calendar.  Turn it in to your local Chuck E Cheese's for 10 free tokensExpires 12/31/13  (at participating locations & only one free token offer per child per day)

I love all of these great programs that encourage my children to read!  How do you encourage your kids to read during the summer?

11 comments on "2013 Summer Reading Programs & Resources "
  1. I had no idea about these programs! My daughter is a little young for them yet but I will definitely remember this for a couple years down the line. Thanks!

  2. We are just getting to the point where reading is a big deal in our house, and my son can participate. I love the idea of filling our summer with books! As a child, I couldn't get enough of them. I hope my kids love them as much as I did!

  3. I had no idea that some of those places ran summer reading programs - that's great. We signed up at our local library for the reading challenge and we also have a chart at home - I gave them each a map of the US and every time they complete a book they get a state sticker to put on the map. The goal is to have 50 books - and then they'll get a reward at the end of the summer!

  4. My son loves to read and we usually participate in the Summer reading program at the Library. Can't wait till my daughter is old enough to join in too!

  5. What a wonderful way to keep the kids busy during the summer.

  6. Love all of those. I will have to see if we have a Books A Million around here.

    Do you have Half Price Books? They have a summer reading for kids too, I think kids earn a gift card!

  7. Thanks for sharing these programs, Shelly. I need to get my children on a more structured program this summer.


  8. @The Harried Mom love that map idea!

    @The Bargain Babe We don't have a Half Price books near me, but it sounds like a great program!

    I'm glad that there are so many different programs like this to motivate our kiddos and hopefully instill a love of reading.

  9. Great list! We love to read here as well

  10. I remember doing the Barnes and Nobles summer reading program with my nieces when they were about 9 and 10. I hadn't even thought to do with my 3 year old. We read all the time. I've got to get her enrolled! Thanks. #sitssharefest

  11. This list is AWESOME! I just shared it in my circles on Google+. You can never join too many reading programs! Thanks!


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