It is always a fun bonus when there’s a prize for reading books. I’ll add to this list as the programs start and updates as we finish them! 🙂 TIP: Make sure to have a timer on hand to track those minutes! Pizza Hut BOOK IT! App is great for this!! Read LAST YEAR’S POST to read about some fun prizes we won…(forgot to share about my prize which starts with the word FIT and ends with the word BIT…that was a fun surprise).
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– Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
– Half Price Books Summer Reading Program
– Alameda County Summer Reading Game
– San Leandro Public Library Summer Reading Challenge
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
The free book prize is listed for kids in grades 1-6. Print out the form HERE, have your child answer the questions, drive them to your closest B&N, and choose your free book! Runs May 16 to September 5. 2012 | 2013
5/17 Update: The girls had a difficult time deciding which books they wanted to select as their prizes. It was back and forth between Amelia Bedelia and Owl Diaries book for Emily and between Great Barrier Reef and asking if she can choose the American Girl book from the 5th and 6th grade section.
Half Price Books Summer Reading Program
It looks like the program this year is only for kiddos who are 14 and under. (I don’t see anything for high schoolers like in the past years.) Print out the form HERE, read for 15 minutes daily from June 1st to July 31st, add up minutes, get parent/guardian initials, turn in completed reading log (300 minutes/month) after the end of each month to earn $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks for something in the store. It looks like there will be a kickoff event, Biggest Storytime of the Summer on Sunday, June 4 at 2 pm.
Alameda County Summer Reading Game
There are programs for all ages at the Alameda County Library branches. This year, there are two options – go and pick up a game board and/or play online to collect badges! I love this added online option because the girls go through their reading so quickly. I actually tell them not to color in what they have actually read because no one will believe them. #bookworms We tried to sign up at the library, but we were pointed to signing up online. I did see that they were asking for volunteers, so I’m not sure what the volunteers would do if there are no game boards this year. You can check here for the online game –> aclibrary.beanstack.org/reader365. It looks like the program runs from June 1st to September 15th. 2010
San Leandro Public Library Summer Reading Program
There are programs for all ages at the San Leandro Public Library branches – preschool to adults! The program starts Saturday, June 3. Visit the library to register and get a challenge board or sign up online. It looks like it is a revamped program. There are challenges that involve readers reading books and/or getting into the community. There’s also tasks that are related to the theme of Read, Imagine, Design. You can check here for the program –> SL summer reading. The carnival is on Saturday, August 5th, the teen party is Friday, August 11th, and DIY Terrarium Party for adults is Saturday, August 12th. 2010 | Completion 2010 | Melody 2011 | Emily 2011 | Carnival 2011
6/16 UPDATE: Ummm…did I mention the girls are fast readers? They were just asked yesterday if they have ever taken a speed-reading class. :p BUT we can now tell you there are some great prizes to be won when completing the program. 🙂 There are 3 challenges. Each challenge has 5 tasks. When you complete a challenge, you can claim a prize. When you complete all 3 challenges, you can claim a grand prize of coupons for the aquatic center, golf course, ice cream, pizza, and passes to museums and of course, a ticket to the end-of-summer-reading-program carnival!
Emily chose a jump rope, a mini magic cube, and a magic trick. Melody chose a book (which she gave to Emily), a mini magic cube, and a canned food donation to Davis Street Family Resource Center.
They also have the option to read 5 more books to receive raffle tickets the things in the picture below…I think there’s a family 4-pack to a Marvel event or a basket of books.
I signed up online since the info desk doesn’t open until later than the time we usually go to the library. But we remembered to go later today so I could pick up my first challenge prize. The person who helped me didn’t seem to know how it worked, so she somehow adding points to my account and giving me the second challenge prize. I’m not sure if the first challenge prize is something different. I’ll have to ask last time. I also received a bunch of raffle tickets to use. She didn’t mention anything about the actual raffle prizes, but from my past experience, there is a different gift card you can enter to win each week.
I’m not familiar with the rest of these summer reading program, but you can check them out for more free stuff! I’ll add in the dates as information arrives.
- Pizza Hut Book It Program – I think it runs throughout the year. You get free pizza.
- Scholastics Summer Reading Challenge – Log minutes and earn rewards. Starts May 8th and runs through September 8th.
- Berkeley Public Library – Reading By Design – June 16 – September 2, 2017
- Oakland Public Library – Starts June 10th. Read 20 days during the summer and receive a free book and be eligible to win other prizes.
- Hayward Library – Starts June 17th?
- Alameda Free Library – I couldn’t find any info about summer, but it looks like they do that Beanstack site as well.
Check out THE MOY’S GIFT GUIDE for some book recommendations!