Summer Reading Programs

Books-2Another school year is coming to an end, and summer vacation is just around the corner. As parents, we know how important reading is for our children. So how do we keep them engaged during the summer to defeat the “summer slide”?  Luckily there are several programs for Long Island families that have great incentives to keep the kids reading!

Public libraries in both Nassau and Suffolk County have summer reading programs, where children receive prizes for books they have read. Make sure to check out what other programs the libraries have to offer over the summer as well!


Many businesses on Long Island offer summer programs to help promote reading. Your child can earn a free book, after they read 8, when they participate in Barnes and Noble summer reading program. Pottery Barn Kids also will be giving away a free book to children who read 8 titles from their book list. They also offer weekly story time where they have goodies and giveaways from PBS kids and Happy Family.

Would your child like to get paid to read? TD Bank will deposit $10 into a new or existing Young Saver Account once 10 books have been recorded on the summer reading log.

chuckecheeseChuck E. Cheese has a Reading Rewards Calendar too. Have your child bring the completed chart to your local Chuck E. Cheese and they receive 10 free tokens!

Does a free movie sound like a good incentive to read? On Wednesdays during the summer, your child sees a movie for free in exchange for a completed book report at participating movie theatres, thanks to Showcase Cinemas.

If your child attends the Huntington Learning Center, don’t miss out on Reading Adventure, where your child can earn coupons to local restaurants and other great prizes. Make sure to check for a location near you for more information and details on all of these great summer reading programs!

laptop-3Online reading programs also have plenty of incentives for children. How would your child like to help set a new world record? At the Scholastic Summer Challenge website, your child logs how many minutes they have spent reading. Not only can they participate in weekly challenges and earn rewards, they can also help set a new reading world record!

The American Girl website will donate $1 of every book purchased through American Girl to Save the Children’s U.S. Literacy Program, as well as fun ways to encourage your child to read.

Pizza Hut has the Book It! Program, which offers activities and a chance to win prizes; and at the Sylvan Book Adventure website, kids in kindergarten through eighth grade can earn prizes for reading! Many of these sites also have an area for parents with suggestions to help your child read more!


Do you have summer reading suggestions of your own?  

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By: Janet Brandsema

Photo credit: Janet Brandsema

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