We love that companies across the country offer incentives for kids to read more, and homeschool students have a wide range of programs to choose from. Most of these are free and give great incentives for the kids to do their best. We have collected some here, and welcome information about other programs you may know about!
Barnes & Noble – Summer Reading Program
Kids can earn a free book from their list of choices for reading eight books. The program runs between May 21st and September 3rd, and you must redeem the free book in that time frame.
Parents/teachers create an account, the kids have a sub-account. This reminds me of the Accelerated Reader program they use in schools to have kids read a book, then be quizzed on it – except this one offers prizes for earning a certain level of points.
Braum’s Book Buddy (KS, OK and MO)
The program begins in October and runs through the school year, kids earn treats for every six books read.
Fairfax County Library (VA)
Kids earn gifts and prizes for reading a number of books.
H.E. Buddy Summer Reading Club (TX only)
Summer program, after kids read and log in 10 books they have read, the reading log has to be sent in before September 1st; after about 3-4 weeks they receive prizes for reading. Kids who are too young to read the books can be read to.
Pizza Hut – Book It Program
For meeting the goals set by their teachers(YOU!), kids earn a free personal pizza every month through the school year. Sign up starts in May, and they mail out packets in September.
San Diego County Fair
Kids who read 10 books and have that verified by a teacher or librarian can get into the fair free on any day.
San Diego Public Library
San Diego’s library system has a summer program where kids can earn tickets to baseball games, discounts on other things, etc.
Scholastic has a number of summer things going on – be sure to check it out to see if there is something for you. Be aware, the Scholastic has aligned with Common Core, so you will find many resources that are explicitly aligned.
Six Flags – Read to Succeed Program
Kids and their homeschool teacher can earn a free ticket to the Six Flags part of their choice for 6 hours of entertainment reading. This program runs during the normal school year, and you need to turn in the reading logs sometime in March. They recently changed this to simply keeping the logs on file, and logging in online to verify that your student has indeed read for six hours.
TD Bank – Summer reading program (East Coast locations)
For reading 10 books over the summer, TD Bank will give the reader $10 in a new or existing Young Saver bank account.
Local Libraries – Most libraries offer a reading incentive program for the summer. Check your local library for more information!