A Catholic Summer Reading Program

I stumbled on this one just today. It looks to be simply sponsored by a Catholic bookstore that simply saw a need. This is the fourth year of the program.

It’s interesting in that there are both adult and kid components. For kids, it’s “read 20 books and earn a prize” (which I never saw specified). For the adults, it’s a recommended reading list with an online discussion feature.

Nice change of pace, anyway. If anyone tries it, I’d like to hear what you think.

The Catholic Summer Reading Program


Books-A-Million and Magic Tree House Summer Reading Program

I’m super excited about this one, just because my daughter is a huge Jack-and-Annie fan. We don’t have a Books-A-Million very close, but it’ll be worth a bit of a drive for the sake of her excitement.

Press Release Source: Books-A-Million, Inc. On Monday May 24, 2010, 9:30 am EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq: BAMMNews) announced today the launch of its 2010 Magic Tree House Summer Reading Program with reading ambassador Mary Pope Osborne. Children ages 7-12 can take a passport to have an adventure this summer as they join Jack and Annie on their travels around the world. The summer adventure kicks off on May 24th, when children can pick-up their passport at any of Books-A-Million’s 227 locations or download it at www.booksamillion.com/magictreehouse.

Children who participate in the program and read six books between May 20 and August 1 will receive a free, exclusive Books-A-Million Magic Tree House tote bag to take on their own summer adventures. Children can also enter the “Passport to Adventure” essay contest by visiting www.booksamillion.com/magictreehouse. The Grand Prize winner receives their very own custom designed Magic Tree House from Kids Crooked House.

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H.E.Buddy Reading Program

Here’s a simple one, sponsored by H.E.B. Grocery Company. Print off a form, list 10 books your child has read, mail it in for a free t-shirt.

Get the form HERE.

Reading With Ringling

Only available in12 cities nationwide, but what a program! Working with the local libraries, Ringling is offering a FREE circus ticket to kids who read a certain number of books.

Your city not on the list (mine isn’t)? Have your librarian check out the website, or contact Kathy Beazley. It’s not too late to get in on this deal!

Reading With Ringling

Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweeps from Book It! (Pizza Hut)

Here’s a reading program I haven’t heard of before, from the fine folks at Book It! (the Pizza Hut program).

This summer, BOOK IT!® invites kids across the country to take part in the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes! From June 15-August 15, kids who were in grades K-6 during the 2009-10 school year and who meet the challenge of reading five books, will be eligible for a chance to win a slammin’ summer prize package including swim gear, books, games, gift cards, and more!

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Program

It doesn’t get any simpler than this: your kid reads every day for two weeks and wins 10 tokens at Chuck E. Cheese (with a pizza purchase).

Personally, I think I’ll just have the kiddos turn the reading chart in to The Bank of Mom for their tokens. Those 10 tokens will only cost me $2.50 at most, and there are always coupons available to make them cheaper. Register for coupons by email on the Chuck E. Cheese website, or check your Sunday newspaper coupon inserts.

Still, the fun is in the chart, and you can download it for free.

National Amusements Bookworm Wednesdays

Not a big program, only 25 theaters and all in the northeast part of the U.S., but if you have a theater near you it might prove interesting. The required “book report” is just a simple description of the story.

BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS, Every Wednesday at 10:00 am beginning July 7th for six weeks. A fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months. BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas or Cinema de Lux box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report.

Free Kids Movie on Bookworm Wednesdays