Saturday, May 19, 2012

Summer Reading Promotions

Hello!  My name is Jennifer Lewis, and I am a first year media specialist in Georgia.  I am so excited to be a part of Sharing the Shelves!

We have five days of school left (not that I'm counting!), and I have been searching for ways to promote summer reading among my students.  Our local public library came to school a couple of weeks back to promote their summer reading program.  In addition, I have found several companies that offer programs that encourage summer reading. Here's a quick list of some programs from major businesses, most of them involving free books or other fun rewards! 

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading
From May 17 to August 22, kids 10 years and under select one of the reading lists to read the books on it to earn a free book. Click here for more information, including the reading lists.

Pizza Hut Book It Summer Break Reading Challenge
From June 15 to August 15, kids who were in grades K through 6 during the 2011-2012 school year and who meet the challenge of reading five books will be eligible to enter for a chance to win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid summer fun prize package. Click here for more information and a form to download.

PBS Kids Summer Reading
Sign up now, and starting June 18, you will receive e-mails with literacy building tips and activities from experts at PBS. You’ll also get book suggestions, free downloads, and a daily chance to win $1,000. Click here for more information.

Scholastic Summer Challenge
From May 1 to August 31, participate in weekly challenges, earn digital rewards, enter sweepstakes to win prizes, and find great books to read. You can also log your minutes read and join with kids from all over to Read for the World Record. Click here for more information.

Chuck E. Cheese Summer Reading From now until December 31, 2012, kids earn ten free tokens for reading every day for two weeks. Click here for a form to download.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading
Read eight books and receive a free book from Barnes and Noble. Visit a store for details.


  1. Wow! Jennifer, this news is AMAZING! Thanks for hooking us up with the where-to's for some free books this summer. I know a lot of students who will be very happy to hop on board!

  2. Thanks for posting this, I hadn't heard of all the reading programs you listed and can't wait to share them with my school. Have a great summer!

  3. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful resources! An idea that my public library started this year is having a "School Spirit Night" at the library. The kids can come and make a craft, sign up for some door prizes, sign up for the summer reading program, and of course library cards if they don't have one.

  4. Thanks for sharing these great sites! I have been hoping to put together a summer library newsletter and these would be a perfect addition.