Reading seems to be a sore spot for many kids. Personally, my daughter loves to read. It works out well, because her brother hates it, but he loves when he’s read to. Yup, you got it, I use my daughter’s love of reading to get me out of having to read to my son all the time. Plus, summer reading programs that offer freebies helps give a little more incentive to never miss a night of reading before bedtime!
Summer reading programs
Summer reading programs these days aren’t the average programs I remember when I was a kid. After I read tons of books, the best I got was a plastic toy surprise from my local library. Woo-to-the-hoo. Good thing I loved to read as a kid. I still love to read, I just don’t have the time to read anything more than a picture book to my son. If you read the first paragraph, I don’t even do that much these days, I pawn it off on my daughter. It’s a sad state of affairs in the November Sunflower home….
But I digress, let’s get back on topic. Summer reading programs happening in 2014 are offering free books, movies, and my personal favorite, MONEY!
Barnes & Noble summer reading program
Kids read 8 books, record them in the Reading Journal, bring the journal down to their local B&N store and get a free book from the Reading Journal list at the store! YAY. Who doesn’t love free books!
National Amusements Bookworm Wednesdays
Head to your local National Amusements movie theatre to score free movies on Bookworm Wednesdays! To receive the free movie on Wednesday mornings at 10 A.M., kids have to provide a book report on, you guessed it, a book!
The schedule starts on July 9th and runs until August 13th.
- 7/9: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2
- 7/16: Epic
- 7/23: Despicable Me 2
- 7/30: The Croods
- 8/6: Turbo
- 8/13: The Smurfs 2
If you’ve got a child under the age of 6, they can attend the movie at no cost with you and your book reporting child. If you’re living on Long Island, there’s National Amusements participating in Holtsville, and Farmingdale. I recommend calling your local National Amusements theatre to see if they’re involved in Bookworm Wednesdays!
TD Bank Summer Reading Program
Children in grades Kindergarten through 5th can participate in the TD Bank summer reading program. Children must read ten books, and list them out on the Summer Reading Form provided by TD Bank. After the form is filled out, take it down to your local TD Bank and receive $10 in a new, or existing Young Saver Account. Getting paid to read isn’t too shabby!