Summer Reading Program is a great way to spend time during summer without breaking a bank and a wonderful way to encourage kids to read all summer long.
Also most of the summer reading program will have prizes (mostly FREE book) as a reward at the end of the program.
So go on and collect all those passports to track their summer reading and enjoy free books at the beginning of the new school year.
There are various programs around town from public libraries to book stores. Please let me know if I miss any programs in or around Atlanta.
National Summer Reading Programs 2012
American Girl Read-a-palooza
WHERE: American Girl Read-a-palooza
WHAT: Get into books with American Girl! Do you love escaping into a story? Or learning about yourself and the world around you? This summer, get ready for reading fun with ideas, quizzes, events, and more! From May 1 – September 3, 2012.
Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination
WHERE: Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination
WHAT: Kids earn free book when they read any 8 books and record them in a reading journal. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Chose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!
WHERE: Book Adventure Online
WHAT: Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your reading adventure today. Also check out Dog Day of Summer Contest – From June 1st – August 6th, read all sorts of books and take quizzes on BookAdventure.com to earn points for your chance to win these great prizes.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards
WHERE: Chuck E. Cheese’s
WHAT: Read everyday for 2 weeks and mark off on Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards Calendar. Redeem this certificate and get 10 FREE tokens. No more than 1 of any free token offer can be used per child, per day. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required. Offer Expires 12/31/12.
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
WHERE: Half Price Books
WHAT: Read everyday for 15 minutes. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed reading log to earn your $5 HPB Back-to-School Bucks reading reward for the month.
PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge
WHERE: PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge
WHAT: Fight the summer slide and keep your child reading and learning all summer long with our free six-week program. Sign up now and starting June 18 , you’ll get daily emails with literacy-building tips and activities from experts at PBS KIDS and Scholastic. You’ll also get book suggestions and discounts, free downloads of PBS KIDS shows and a daily chance to win $1,000 and other great prizes.
Pizza Hut Book It!
WHERE: Pizza Hut Book It!
WHAT: From June 15 to August 15, kids who were in grades K-6 during the 2011-12 school year and who meet the challenge of reading five books, will be eligible to enter for a chance to win a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” summer fun prize package!
Pottery Barn Kid Summer Reading Challenge
WHERE: Pottery Barn Kid Summer Reading Challenge
WHAT: Join the PBK Summer Reading Challenge! Summer is the perfect time to instill a love of reading in your child. From now through August 22nd, read all the award-winning books on one of our recommended lists and qualify for fun prizes. Select a book list to follow, track your child’s progress, and enter for a chance to win a backpack full of book & stop by local store to get a free book (while supplies last)
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
WHERE: Scholastic Summer Challenge
WHAT: Log your reading minutes to earn cool rewards
TD Bank Summer Reading Program for Kids
WHERE: TD Bank Summer Reading Program
WHAT: Read 10 books get $10. Here is how: Read 10 books this summer. Print out the Summer Reading Form. Write down the names of the books they’ve read . Take the form to the nearest TD Bank . Watch $10 be deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account
2012 Summer Reading Programs in Atlanta Area Public Library
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library: “Dream BIG, Read” Summer Reading Program 2012
WHERE: Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries
WHAT: All summer, the Atlanta Fulton branch libraries will provide a wide variety of books and reading materials, feature storytelling hours, puppet shows or music presentations that stimulate children’s creativity and help bring literature and language to life: and promote the idea of reading for enjoyment. Complete the reading record with at least 10 books, books can be from the library or anywhere! Return the record to the public library and receive an OFFICIAL READING CERTIFICATE.
Clayton County Public Library: “Dream Big, Read!” Summer Reading Program 2012
WHERE: Clayton County Public Library
WHAT: From May 19 – August 4, 2012, read 18 books or for 12 hours to earn a free book! Participate in this free program encouraging young people to read and listen to books for fun. Pick up a reading log at the public library to keep track of your reading. Visit the library weekly to select a fun incentive. Reading may be done anywhere: home, school, vacation, etc. All programs, materials, and incentives are FREE! The Summer Reading Program and weekly incentives officially end on August 4. However, you may still register, and/or bring reading folders back to the library through August 31. You will receive a free book once you’ve read either 18 books, or have read for 12 hours during the summer.
Cobb County Public Library: “Dream Big, Read!” Summer Reading Program 2012
WHERE: Cobb County Public Library
WHAT: Adults, bring your little ones by any Cobb County Public Library System branch to pick up a reading folder after June 1. Record what your child reads over the summer, and then bring the child and their completed folder back on or before July 31st to claim their certificate! The library has partnered with Stevi B’s to offer free pizza to the first 5,000 children who bring their folder back to the library. The coupons expire July 31st, so bring your child and their reading log in for a mid-term checkup after July 4 to pick up their pizza coupon. Each child who completes the Summer Reading Program will be entered to win the iPad 2. Ask a staff member at your favorite Cobb County Public Library System branch for more details!
DeKalb County Public Library: “Dream Big, Read!” Summer Reading Program 2012
WHERE: DeKalb County Public Library
WHAT: The 2012 Vacation Reading Program is from May 26 to July 31! The theme is Dream Big READ!. See the full list of programs we have scheduled for you this summer! Dream Big READ! is for children ages 3 to 12. Sign up at any DeKalb County Public Library branch and receive a reading log, bookmark and sticker. Sign up online and print out a reading log. Bring your reading log to the library to receive your bookmark and sticker. Earn raffle tickets for hours read/and or literacy activities completed. Complete top half of the reading log and receive a certificate, a tattoo, and a raffle ticket. Complete bottom half of the reading log and receive a bag and a raffle ticket. Children can continue reading for additional raffle tickets
Douglas County Public Library: “Dream Big, Read!” Summer Reading Program 2012
WHERE: Douglas County Public Library
WHAT: The children’s programs of the Douglas County Public Libraries are free and full of fun! We offer an open invitation to Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Home Schoolers, and Children of all ages to come participate. We include music, finger plays, and rhymes with our stories. We also incorporate a craft for each child to take home. Check out also schedule for Vacation Reading Program 2012.
Fayette County Public Library: “Dream Big, Read!” Summer Reading Program 2012
WHERE: Fayette County Public Library
WHAT: Participating in our reading program is easy. All you have to do to register is pick up one of our reading logs. On one side you can track amount of time that you read, and on the other side you can choose from a variety of extra activities to get you reading and thinking! Read for at least 10 hours over the summer to earn a certificate and goody bags. Do at least 8 extra activities to earn a special glow-in-the dark prize! The program runs from Jun 1-July 31, 2012
Forsyth County Public Library: “Dream Big, Read!” Summer Reading Program 2012
WHERE: Forsyth County Public Library
WHAT: The information is coming soon for the Kids’ Summer Reading Incentive program for 2012 – “Dream Big, Read!” Summer Reading Program. So far we only have the registration date of the program from May 25 – July 31, 2012.
Gwinnett County Public Library: Summer Reading Program 2012
WHERE: Gwinnett County Public Libraries
WHAT: All summer, the Gwinnett County branch libraries will provide a wide variety of books and reading materials, feature storytelling hours, puppet shows or music presentations that stimulate children’s creativity and help bring literature and language to life: and promote the idea of reading for enjoyment. Children can register to the Summer Reading Program 2012 online or in-person at the library. They can set their own reading goal. Once complete, the library will send the information to their schools (if the schools are participated). There will be prizes and grand prizes drawing for different age group.