2010 Summer Reading Programs

The Summer Reading Programs have been announced for 2010, and although most don’t start until school gets out (we have three weeks to go!), my kids are excited to know about them. This year, I’ll be forcing encouraging my son to read chapter books in order to earn his rewards. Usually, he reads all 15 books in the first day just to get the goodies!

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading: Go into the store to pick up a Passport to Summer Reading or download and print one here. Read 8 books and tell the places visited in each story. The program includes downloads for Parent or Education Activity Kits. When you’ve completed your 8 books, bring the form into and redeem it for a FREE Book from a selection of paperback books. The program started May 25, runs through September 7 and is for school-aged children, grades 1-6.

Borders Double-Dog Dare Reading Program: Pick up your Double-Dog Dare form in-store or download and print one here. Read any 10 books and complete the form, then take it in to choose one of the 10 FREE book offerings. The program runs through August 26 and is for kids 12 and under.

Half-Price Books: The Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program runs June 1-July 31 for kids 14 and under. For each week that kids read 15 minutes or more per day, they earn a $3 Shopping Card. Limit one card per child, per week. Find a Half-Price Books location near you.

Your Local Library: Most public library systems run a summer reading program. Here in Fairfax County, when the kids read 15 books, they earn a coupon booklet filled with freebies and discounts to local places. It’s a lot of fun for us to redeem all those coupons! There’s usually a free ice cream cone at McDonald’s and tickets to mini-golf at the rec center.

Happy Reading!