Summer is on its way. We are both educators, so our children don’t get much of a break from school. We want to keep their minds busy, and reading is one of the best ways to do this. Children can lose so much ground in the summer if you don’t have them read consistently.
One of our favorite things to do is participate in summer reading programs. This way, there is a fun reward for all of that hard work. There are lots of great ways to motivate children, but here are three summer reading programs that we participate in every year.
Barnes & Noble offers a summer reading program that runs from May through September. You simply read 8 books and write your favorite part of the book in their summer reading journal. Then take the completed journal into your local Barnes & Noble for a FREE book. There are certain books to choose from for each grade level. This program is open for children grades 1-6.
This summer reading program is combined with the Utah governor’s reading program, and every year there are different prizes. This year (2019), if kids read 20 minutes a day, they will receive a free pencil, a free book, a free Happy Meal from McDonald’s, and two tickets to the July 31st Salt Lake Bees baseball game. That is a lot of FREE stuff.
We really like that you can enter your reading online, but they also have a mail in option if you prefer. All reading must be entered by July 15, so that they can send your Bees tickets to you. They have a reading chart that you can print out. It is a PDF that looks like a baseball field. There are other pages in the document, too that give info about the Bees players and their favorite books. Ages 6-14 can participate in this summer reading program, and you can find all of the rules here.
The Read and Win summer reading program is for children in grades 1-6. Kids who read 10 books can earn a free ticket (plus a free drink and ride coupon) to the Utah State Fair which takes place in September. If you love going to the fair, or have always wanted to go, this is a great way to get FREE tickets. This reading program runs from April 1 – July 10, 2020. All entries must be mailed by July 10 or you cannot receive your state fair ticket. You can download the entry form here.
It is also a good idea to check your local libraries. Most libraries have incentives for reading all year round, but they often have a fun summer program, too. Salt Lake County has a huge summer reading program, so if you live there, definitely check it out.
Please let us know of any other summer reading programs in Utah that we have missed in the comments section. And have fun reading this summer!