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Keep Your Kids Reading in a Summer Reading Program

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The summer slide.  It’s not a myth but it can be hard motivating kids to read over the summer. That’s why there are summer reading programs with prizes and free books!  Check out all the programs available here in Colorado and nationally. I’m thinking we’re going to try them all!

National Summer Reading Programs

Barnes and Noble:  Read 8 books and choose 1 free.

Scholastic’s Reading Challenge:  Read for the Summer World Record, win prizes and play games.

Ripple Reader:  Read 4 eBooks and get a microphone and 1 eBook free. (See above photograph.)

Reading Is Fundamental: Games and activities.

Borders:  Read 10 books, get 1 free.

Sylvan Learning Center’s Book Adventure: Win prizes.

Half Price Books:  Earn $3 credit for every 15 minutes of reading.

Pizza Hut’s Book It: Read 5 books and enter sweepstakes for prizes.

Happy reading!

Colorado Summer Reading Programs






Jefferson County

Douglas County

Arapahoe Library District

Summit County

Visit Imagination Soup, Guest Blogger Melissa Taylor’s playful learning blog, for more activities to keep your kids learning over the summer.  You’ll find ideas for artist dates with your kids, writing comic books, guest posts by published children’s book authors, and lots more!

Also, Melissa is thrilled to be one of the finalists for Scholastic’s Parent Blog Awards in the Reading and Books category.  Please take a minute and vote for her to win – it would be a dream come true!

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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson June 3, 2010

    This is a great round-up! We’re going to sign up on Monday before we get too far into the summer season. Best to start a good precedent early!

  • comment avatar Shannon June 4, 2010

    Hi there,

    We have a site that can help moms find books for their kids this summer. We are four moms who have read 700 books for kids and reviewed them on our site. We are adding more daily. Please check us out at

    Shannon Knowlton

  • comment avatar Diane June 7, 2010

    Looking for lots of great books for the whole family? The Denver Public Library’s Gigantic Used Book Sale runs from June 10 – 13 on just north of the Central Library at 14th and Broadway. Great prices, no overdue fines!

  • comment avatar Melissa Taylor June 9, 2010

    Quick update on my post — I WON the Scholastic Blog Award for Best Reading / Book Blog!

    Also, I apologize, the picture is not of Ripple Reader but of my daughter reading an Olivia book.

    As far as our summer reading goes, we’re signing up for several programs including our local library and Barnes and Noble. Yes, that’s legal. Why not get more free books!?

    Happy reading,


  • comment avatar Jamey Stamos July 5, 2010

    My kids and I are loving Ripple Reader right now. Thanks for sharing this list!

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