Kick Ass Summer Reading Programs

Between us we have three (soon to be four!) kiddos ranging in age from 3 to 12 and we love reading with them. Rikki's oldest buddy-reads YA sci-fi and fantasy with her, and her younger one shares read-aloud novels like Little House on the Prairie and Charlotte's Web, while my toddler demands to be read every book about trucks, bugs, sea creatures, and space we can get our hands on. 

Needless to say, our households are full of busy readers. With summer upon us, we are starting to plan out all of the summer reading programs we can participate in around us! I used to love doing the summer reading program at my local library as a kid, and was a volunteer to run the program there as a teen, so this is such an exciting season of reading for me. We know some of you have kids, too, so we rounded up all the worthwhile programs we could find that had actually cool perks for kids and adults!

1. Check Your Local Library- It looks like a lot of libraries are participating in a common summer reading program, and the theme this year is "Build a Better World". It has a reading program for all ages, ranging from babies to adults, and our local branch is offering things like zoo passes, library totes, free books, and free bowling just for completing a reading "Bingo" card. Plus each card earns entries into a raffle for bigger prizes like restaurant gift cards, movie tickets, a new bicycle, passes to local attractions, and more! 

2. Barnes and Noble- Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a free book by reading any 8 books this summer, recording them in a reading journal, and explaining which part of the book was their favorite and why. Once they've completed their journal, they can choose any free book from the list on the back. This is a great way to add to their libraries for sure!

3. Half Price Books- This summer, Half Price Books is offering $5 worth of their bookworm bucks (in gift card form) to kids under 14 who complete 300 minutes of reading in a month. Download and fill out a reading log (we tend to just log our day's reading right before bed!) and bring it to the store to redeem when you've finished. Easy! They even have lists of great book recommendations for a range of ages, if you need some inspiration. For older teens, they're offering bookworm bucks for posting book reviews of selected titles, in partnership with Penguin Teen, so you know there are some great titles to choose from.

4. Pottery Barn Kids- This summer, Pottery Barn Kids is hosting a book club! If you take your child to 5 meetings and mark it in the provided Book Passport (sounds like they take place every Tuesday at 11am!), they'll get a special gift. Each week has a new theme, and this could be a really fun social activity for your kids' reading lives. Check in with your local store for more specific details.

5. Check Your Local Bookstore- Local bookstores are always a great space to check out for book clubs, summer reading programs, author events, and more fun stuff you and your child can get excited about! I'm planning to take my toddler on a date to pick out some new books at our local favorite, and we plan to attend a couple events there this summer, too. Bookstore trips were always a favorite summer activity for me as a kid, and I hope I can build my son the same kinds of fond memories.

Have you guys found any great summer reading programs for kids or adults? Please share, we'd love to hear about them!