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Free Summer Reading Programs 2017

 

Summer is here and that means plenty of free time for my kiddos.  I love anything that will encourage them to keep reading this summer.  To that end, here are a few of the Summer Reading programs available this year.  There may be others, locally or nationally, that are out there and I would love to hear about them in the comments section!  I hope one of these will provide some motivation and fun for your family this summer.

Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program

If you live in East Tennessee this is a program that you will want to check out. The Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program is for Smokies fans 12-and-under.

There are five levels of participation that are to be completed by each child participating. To complete a level all your child has to do is read 10 books, 10 chapters, or have 10 books read to him/her (if your child is not reading yet). Once your child has completed his/her first level, bring the Level 1 reading program form to the ticket office at Smokies Park, and exchange it for prizes and free tickets to a Smokies game. We did this last summer and it was great!  There are several levels you can reach, get all the details here.

And don’t forget they also offer the Straight A program-

Straight A Program

If your child has earned the equivalent of an “A” average or attained perfect attendance for the year, they will get to go to a Smokies game for FREE! Bring their report card and/or perfect attendance certificate to the Smokies Ticket Office and you can receive a free Bleacher Level ticket. The program is valid for students in K-12 and can only be redeemed once per child.

 

Knox County Library Summer Reading Club

Summer Library Club is a fun way to help children maintain and improve reading skills through the summer break, but it’s not just for kids! Read together as a family and receive an awesome rewards package or prize. Prizes and requirements vary by age group.

Passport program - colorful roadways overlayed with a passport stampNew in 2017 for Readers and Teens: Join the Passport Program to enrich your Summer Library Club experience. Visit the 19th century, travel to ancient Egypt, conduct a scientific experiment or ride a camel. You can experience up to 5 adventures in lieu of 5 hours of reading. Visit 10 locations and enter to win a drawing at Visit Knoxville (link is external) for a grand prize basket of goodies. Passport logs available May 20.

 

 

Barnes & Noble- Earn a Free Book

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program allows you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. Find a Store
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

 

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children that runs through September 8th, 2017. After registering, kiddos are to read as many minutes as they can, log their minutes and earn rewards.

 

SYNC

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SYNC is a program that gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week each Summer for readers ages 13+. (each week features a current Young Adult title paired with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title). Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app which can be downloaded for free. For more information, head here.

Reading with Chuck E.

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You can download and print these Chuck E. Cheese bookmarks for all the books your kiddos are reading this summer!  They are good for 5 FREE tokens if you are dining at Chuck E. Cheese’s this summer. (one per child)  You can check you local store to see what other summer reading promo they are doing.

 

Book Adventure

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Kids from grades K-8 can head to BookAdventure.com where they can search for books, read them offline, come back to take a quiz and win prizes! Parents and teachers will even have the opportunity to track their child’s/students work (just click on the “Teacher’s Lounge” OR “Parents Place”). Go here to get started searching for a book and check out this video for more information.

2016 FREE Summer Reading Programs : Earn Great Rewards!

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Summer is here!  Time to get signed up for some of these awesome reading programs that will encourage you kiddos to keep reading and earn some fun prizes!

Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program

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If you live in East Tennessee this is a program that you will want to check out. The Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program is for Smokies fans 12-and-under.

There are five levels of participation that are to be completed by each child participating. To complete a level all your child has to do is read 10 books, 10 chapters, or have 10 books read to him/her (if your child is not reading yet). Once your child has completed his/her first level, bring the Level 1 reading program form to the ticket office at Smokies Park, and exchange it for prizes and free tickets to a Smokies game. We did this last summer and it was great! Here are the rest of the details:

LEVEL 1 – The Single: Two Smokies Tickets, Shoney’s Bookmark
LEVEL 2 – The Double: Two Smokies Tickets, a Shoney’s Pencil
LEVEL 3 – The Triple: Two Smokies Tickets, a Shoney’s & Homer’s Color Me Pennant
LEVEL 4 – The Home Run: Two Smokies Tickets, a Knoxville Zoo ticket & a Free Shoney’s Dessert
LEVEL 5 – The Grand Slam: Two Tickets to August 8th Reading Club Celebration Night at the Ballpark, 2 Meal Vouchers good for a Hot Dog, Bag of Chips & a Drink, a Smokies Card Set & a Shoney’s Healthy Kids Meal! Level 4 form should be turned in by August 1st to be eligible for the August 8th Celebration & Prize night.

 

Knox County Library Summer Reading Club

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Knox County Library’s Summer Library Club is a fun way to help children maintain and improve reading skills through the summer break. The program rewards kids of all ages for reading (or being read to) during the summer. Once kids reach their reading goal, they receive an awesome rewards package! Registration opens Saturday, May 21st.  You can register kids, teens and adults online or at the always super fun and FREE Children’s Festival of Reading  that is happening Saturday, May 21, 2016 at World’s Fair Park from 10 am – 3 pm.

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Prizes include a stretchy, flying superhero and a rewards book. The children’s rewards book is filled with vouchers for more than $200 worth of treats and adventures. Check out a complete listing of the rewards.

Keep track of your summer reading with the library’s printable Reader’s and Listener’s Logs.

Listening Log 2016 (for those not yet reading)
Reading Log 2016

There is no required book list for Summer Library Club, but if you’d like some suggestions to get started, download the Summer Reading Book List, with lots of super titles for kids ages 3-12.

Barnes & Noble Reading Triathlon

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Starting May 17th and through September 6th, Barnes & Noble will be hosting a Summer Reading Triathlon where the kiddos can earn a completely FREE book in 3 easy steps!

Step 1. Fill out the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal (PDF). En Español (PDF).
Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

Vote for your favorite hero and place: Download the Ballot (PDF).

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children that runs through September 9th, 2016. After registering, kiddos are to read as many minutes as they can, log their minutes and earn rewards.

SYNC

Sync

SYNC is a program that gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week each Summer for readers ages 13+. (each week features a current Young Adult title paired with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title). Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app which can be downloaded for free. For more information, head here.

Book Adventure

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Kids from grades K-8 can head to BookAdventure.com where they can search for books, read them offline, come back to take a quiz and win prizes! Parents and teachers will even have the opportunity to track their child’s/students work (just click on the “Teacher’s Lounge” OR “Parents Place”). Go here to get started searching for a book and check out this video for more information.

Reading with Chuck E.

chuck3cheese-bookmark

You can download and print these Chuck E. Cheese bookmarks for all the books your kiddos are reading this summer!  They are good for 5 FREE tokens if you are dining at Chuck E. Cheese’s this summer. (one per child)  You can check you local store to see what other summer reading promo they are doing.

 

The Children’s Festival of Reading this Saturday, May 17, 2014

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It is almost time for The Children’s Festival of Reading presented by the Knox County Library!! My family loves this event every year! If you have never been I highly recommend it!

Meet world-class authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians! Join us to kick off summer reading and celebrate 10 years of the best literary festival just for children.

There will be six (6) performance stages, Miss Libby’s Arts & Crafts, Jr. League’s Kids in the Kitchen, Summer reading club sign up, Science Village with The Muse, Music with Brady Rymer, the KSO and Sean McCollough of WDVX’s Kidstuff Live and more!
Food, fun and  AMAZING authors!

  • May 17, 2014; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville
  • Sign up for a summer of reading
  • Admission and parking are free

Six Flags Read to Succeed: FREE Six Flags Tickets, Last Day to Register for 2014

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Read to Succeed is a program by Six Flags to encourage children in grades K through 6th to read for enjoyment. All students who complete six hours of recreational reading will earn a free ticket to Six Flags!This program is open to teachers, homeschool parents, and schools at no cost. The program registration deadline is March 3, 2014 at 5pm CST.

**I registered as a homeschool, but if your kiddos go to school it seems your school has to be registered in order to participate. Your child’s teacher also has to complete the registration and the tickets are available to be used in the summer.

It was really easy for me to register, and based on the message I received it appears easy for schools too!  I was the Read to Succeed Coordinator for our school last year. It takes 30 seconds to register a school. Any teacher registering 10 or more students gets a free adult ticket. The coordinator also gets a free adult ticket.

Here’s how to earn your free tickets:

Register at Read to Succeed.
Print out and complete the reading logs for each of your children.
Once your children have completed 6 hours of reading, log back in and enter how much they’ve read under the “Students” tab.
You won’t be required to mail in the reading logs this year. Your tickets will be mailed or emailed in the spring.

Don’t forget to checkout the long list of Free and reduced admission deals for teachers/homeschools going on in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg through March 9th!

Children’s Festival of Reading 2013: Free Family Fun at World’s Fair Park May 18, 2013

Festival-reading-2013Make your plans for Saturday May 18th, it is the Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading.

On May 18, World’s Fair Park will come alive with world-class children’s book authors and illustrators, storytellers, musicians, and all manner of crazy fun! It’s the kickoff celebration to a summer of reading. Share the news with the world! #KnoxKidsFest

Parking tip! Try UT’s 11th Street Garage. It’s free and very close to World’s Fair Park.

You can check out the schedule of events and get tips on how to make your day great! We have been every year and it is always a good time.

Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program 2013 :Free Smokies Tickets & More!

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If you live in the Knoxville area this is a program that you will want to check out. The Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program is for Smokies fans 12-and-under.

There are five levels of participation that are to be completed by each child participating. To complete a level all your child has to do is read 10 books, 10 chapters, or have 10 books read to him/her (if your child is not reading yet). Once your child has completed his/her first level, bring the Level 1 reading program form to the ticket office at Smokies Park, and exchange it for prizes and free tickets to a Smokies game. We did this last summer and it was great! Here are the rest of the details:

LEVEL 1 – The Single: Two Smokies Tickets, a Pack of Staples Filler Paper & a Shoney’s Bear Trivia Card
LEVEL 2 – The Double: Two Smokies Tickets, a Staples Pencil & a Shoney’s Bookmark
LEVEL 3 – The Triple: Two Smokies Tickets, a Staples One-Subject Notebook, & a Shoney’s Pencil
LEVEL 4 – The Home Run: Two Smokies Tickets, a Staples bottle of glue, a Knoxville Zoo ticket & a free Shoney’s dessert
LEVEL 5 – The Grand Slam: Two Tickets to the August 8th Picnic at the ballpark, a Staples Pencil Pouch, a Smokies Card set & a Shoney’s Healthy Kids Meal