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National Summer Reading Activities

By Matthieu DrotarSummerReading

Summer vacation is just around the corner. For most children, this means trips to the beach, playing outdoors with friends, and countless hours in their local swimming pool. Regardless of how they spend their summer months, learning is probably not high on your youngster’s list of things to do. But just because school is out of session doesn’t mean your kid’s brain needs to be as well. Challenge your child with these summer reading programs:

1) Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program 2011: Imagination’s Destination

Kids earn one free book from your local Barnes & Noble when they read and record any eight books in their reading journal. Log on to BarnesandNoble.com to download the reading journal, and while you’re there, check out the “Summer Reading Recommendations” for ages 3 through 12.

2) Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards

If your child is more into arcade games than books, Chuck E. Cheese’s rewards free tokens to kids who read each day for two weeks. This offer is available year round, and as an added bonus, several other reward calendars, such as the “Clean Room Calendar” and the “Great Behavior Calendar” are available as well. To download the Reading Rewards Calendar, visit ChuckECheese.com.

3) TD Bank Summer Reading For Kids

This summer, TD Bank is giving $10 to kids who read 10 books. Just write down the books title in the Summer Reading Form and turn it in to your nearest TD Bank; $10 will be deposited into a Young Saver Account for your child. For more information, visit TDBank.com.

4) Summer Reading Club

Starting in June, many libraries host versions of the nation-wide program known as the “Summer Reading Club.” With programs for all ages, this year’s overarching theme is World Cultures and Travel. Children and teens alike are invited to explore countries around the globe through stories, crafts, and music. For more information, contact your local library.

In addition to these options, schools and libraries often host their own summer reading programs for young children and teens. For those of us searching for less structure, there are numerous list of suggested summer reading books on the Internet. Here is a good place to begin.


Looking to continue your child’s incentive for reading beyond the summer? Look no further than your local Pizza Hut. Running from October through March, the popular pizza chain’s “Book It!” program sets monthly reading goals based on individual reading ability, and rewards kids who meet these goals with a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza. For more information, visit BookItProgram.com.

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