Incentives to Keep Students Reading This Summer

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The following is a list of reading incentive programs for students. My daughters partcipated in these last summer and earned free books, prizes and even cash. Please share this list with other educators and parents and encourage children to continue reading over the summer break.

Double-Dog Dare

  1. Read 10 books—any ones you like!
  2. List the books on this form
  3. Bring your completed form to a Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks store and choose your FREE BOOK

TD Bank – Summer Reading Program

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Read 10 books this summer
  2. Write down the names of the books they’ve read in the Summer Reading Form
  3. Print and take the form to your nearest TD Bank to get $10
  4. $10 will be deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading – Imagination’s Destination

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging 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 this Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination Journal. Be sure to let us know to whom you would recommend each book, and why.
  2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 24th and September 6th, 2011.
  3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

BOOK IT – Summer Break Reading Challenge

This summer BOOK IT invites kids across the country to participate in the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes. From June 15 – August 15, kids who were in grades k-6 during the 2010-2011 school year and who meet the challenge of reading five books, will be eligible for a chance to win a prize package.

Summer Reading Resources


I’m going pretty low-tech on this post with the exception on how to access all these great summer reading resources you should be aware of.

Follow the links below to let your students, parents, colleagues (even family members) know of the great reading incentive programs available for children this summer. Some offer free books, money, even just a pat on the back.

Barnes and Noble

This program is designed for students in grades 1 through 6. Read ANY 8 books, write about them in your 2010 B&N Passport to Summer Reading and bring it to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free book from a list of paperback titles. The program runs May 25  through September 6. Teachers, parents and children can download the Summer Reading materials for free at


This program is for children ages 12 and under. To participate, children must read ANY 10 books. Download and complete this form and bring it with you to a Borders or Waldenbooks store to choose your free book. They have about ten titles to choose from.


Meet the Summer Reading Challenge with these great articles from Scholastic on how to keep kids reading over the summer. Encourage readers age 7 and up to join the Read for the World Record Challenge! The Top 20 schools with the most reading minutes will appear in the “Scholastic Book of World Records” 2011 edition.

For New Jersey Readers

Organized by the NJ Library Association and the NJ State Library, these committees have gathered information on book lists, films & movies, web resources, performers, program ideas, crafts and details on upcoming workshops. Also check out their site for free prizes from McDonald’s for reading 5 books.

TD Bank

Are you aware of the 2010 TD Bank Summer Reading Program? Children who read ten books by the end of the summer will receive $10 from TD Bank to deposit into a new or existing TD Bank Young Saver Account. The Summer Reading Program takes place May 3rd – September 30th. More information is
available at

Have a great summer and read some great books!

YouTube Has No Educational Value? Phooey!

My first-grader came home from school yesterday and said she had homework from music class. She knows I love the Black Eyed Peas and I think she just wanted to show me something she’d seen in school. (She has no concept of how happy this makes me.)

Please share this post/video with those that think YouTube should be blocked in school because it has no educational value. I’m sure that the students and staff at Ocoee Middle School in Orange County, CA would argue otherwise. They have my daughter singing their lyrics and me smiling.

Here are some links for some other great educational resources from YouTube.

Vicky Davis’s Favorite Inspirational YouTube Clips and YouTube in Education

YouTube’s SafetyCenterVideos’s Channel

Alec Couros’s 90+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy