Summer Reading Programs

by Liz Jones | May 27, 2018 3:00 pm


Reading to children has repeatedly shown to improve logical thinking, concentration, general academic aptitude, and more, all while inspiring a true love of reading! Don’t let the summer slip away without engaging your children in these local summer reading programs — most offer special incentives and prizes!

Prince William County Summer Reading Program[1]
Kids and adults alike can join in the reading fun this summer! Come in a share what you are reading to earn awesome prizes. Be sure to stop in each week to participate in the Weekly Challenge for a chance to win even more prizes. The next adventure runs from June 11 through August 11, 2018.

Fairfax County Summer Reading Challenge[2]
Register online[3] beginning on June 15, 2018, for Fairfax County’s Summer Reading Challenge, and read, read, read for a chance to earn a coupon book full of great prizes including free and discounted items!

Loudoun County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program[4]
Readers, get ready to go on a fun library adventure this summer with Loudoun County Public Library. Grab a challenge card from the library, complete the necessary tasks, and be entered into a drawing to win a $200 gift basket! There will be four winners from every branch, and the fun runs from June 14 through August 11, 2018.

Arlington County Public Library[5]
Arlington County Public Libraries start their Summer Reading program for children 12-years-old and under on June 2, 2018! Register online with a parent or guardian’s permission, use the online or printed reading log to keep track of minutes read, and claim cool prizes all summer long (through September 2, 2018)! Plus, you’ll receive weekly book recommendations for young readers, too.

DC Public Library Summer Challenge[6]
Keep your mind active this summer by reading 20 minutes a day as part of the DC Public Library Summer Challenge! Log your reading online[7], or grab a game board at your local library, and earn prizes on the 20th of each month through August! The challenge officially begins on June 1, 2018.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program[8]
Read 8 books of your choice this summer and record it in your reading journal that you can get online. Children in grades 1-6, bring your journal into your local B&N store to choose a free book to keep! Find your local store to get started and bring your reading journal in any time between May 15 and September 3, 2018.

Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program [9]
Go on an exciting summer adventure with Books-A-Million (BAM)! Ready to get your child reading during school break, students can read any four books on the BAM Summer Reading Challenge list (available both in-store and online), complete the Summer Reading Challenge Journal, and return it to a participating Books-A-Million for a free prize. This year, participants will receive free pencils and a pencil case, thanks to the Summer Reading Challenge Ambassador, Mo Willems!

Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards[10]
Chuck E. Cheese’s provides a variety of rewards calendars – including Reading Rewards – that are redeemable for free tokens on your next visit! Just download the calendar, mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals and bring in the completed calendars to Chuck E. Cheese’s to receive ten free tokens.
*Food purchase is required for redemption. This offer expires on 12/31/18.

Scholastic Summer Reading Program[11]
Turn the “summer slide” into the “summer leap” with the Scholastic Summer Reading Program! After being enrolled by an educator, librarian, or community partner, kids can read and log their minutes now through September 7, 2018, with plenty of opportunities to share in “A Magical Summer of Reading,” which is this year’s fun Harry Potter theme!

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Summer Reading Challenge[12]
BOOK IT!, sponsored by Pizza Hut, offers plenty of meaningful opportunities for children to enjoy reading throughout the summer, and of course, be rewarded handsomely with pizza! Download tons of summer printables, book-related activities, and more directly from the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! site[13], while taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge once your school enrolls! With suggestions on how to avoid the academic “summer slide,” children will be interested and excited to read all season long.

Sylvan Book Adventure[14]
Kids in kindergarten through 8th grade will love creating their very own reading program with Sylvan Book Adventure! After reading a self-selected book, children can visit the site, take a quiz on what they’ve read, and earn cool prizes, but hurry! This book adventure program ends on June 30, 2018, Sign up[15] and use Sylvan’s database to search for your first book today.

Education.com Summer Learning Series [16]
Find all kinds of fun summer resources at Education.com! Each week find a variety of worksheets, activities, and lessons for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program[17]
Invest, literally, in your child’s love of reading! With the TD Bank Summer Reading Program rewards, children from Kindergarten to 5th grade who read ten books during the summer will earn a $10 deposit into a new or an existing Young Saver account. Print the online[18] form and bring it to your local TD Bank by August 31, 2018.

Scrawl Books Summer Reading Challenge[19]
Waldo, with his infamous striped shirt and black-rimmed glasses, is visiting multiple businesses in the Reston and Herndon area this year but you have to find him! Head to Scrawl Books (in Reston or Herndon) or any one of the other participating sites and get a passport stamped for every Waldo you find! Receive at least twenty stamps and be entered into a grand-prize drawing to win a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books!

Participants will also find a $5 gift coupon in their passport. These can be redeemed once children have completed the Fairfax County Public Library’s reading program!


Disclaimer/Terms[20]: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this DullesMoms.com post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.

Endnotes:
  1. Prince William County Summer Reading Program: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/pages/summerreading.aspx
  2. Fairfax County Summer Reading Challenge: https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/summer-reading
  3. online: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/srp/
  4. Loudoun County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program: https://library.loudoun.gov/2017-summer-reading-program
  5. Arlington County Public Library: https://library.arlingtonva.us/explore/for-readers/summer-reading/
  6. DC Public Library Summer Challenge: https://www.dclibrary.org/summerreading
  7. online: https://www.dclibrary.org/summerreading#app
  8. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading/_/N-rs9
  9. Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program : http://www.booksamillion.com/summeradventure
  10. Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards: https://www.chuckecheese.com/deals-offers/rewards-calendars
  11. Scholastic Summer Reading Program: https://www.scholastic.com/summer/home/
  12. Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Summer Reading Challenge: http://www.bookitprogram.com/
  13. site: http://www.bookitprogram.com/
  14. Sylvan Book Adventure: http://www.bookadventure.com/home.aspx
  15. Sign up: http://www.bookadventure.com/home.aspx
  16. Education.com Summer Learning Series : https://www.education.com/summer/?cid=10.314
  17. TD Bank Summer Reading Program: http://www.tdbank.com/summerreading/
  18. online: http://www.tdbank.com/summerreading/reading-form-2018.pdf
  19. Scrawl Books Summer Reading Challenge: https://www.scrawlbooks.com/find-waldo-reston-herndon
  20. Terms: http://dullesmoms.com/terms-conditions/

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