2009 Summer Reading Programs

It’s that time of year again (already!) – summer reading time! As the homeschooling mother to a whole brood of voracious readers, I always enjoy seeing which of our favorite companies are lining up to sponsor the latest addition of summer reading programs.

2009…*sigh*…While there are some fun programs remaining (listed below), I am dismayed to see that the stressful economic times have managed to take a bite out of the summer reading incentives as well. Some of our old favorites that seem to have disappeared from the summer reading scene this year are Build-a-Bear and Pizza Hut. :(

Ever more reason to offer my many thanks to the following for persevering, despite the current economic crisis:

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program 2009

Prize(s): Receive a FREE book from Barnes & Noble!
Who: Grades 1-6
Cost: Free
When: 5/26/09 – 9/7/09
Deadline: 9/7/09


  • Read any 8 books of your own choosing
  • Use your Summer Reading Journal to tell your favorite part of each book.
  • Bring completed Reading Journal, with parent’s signature, to a Barnes & Noble store between May 26th and Sept. 7th, 2009 to receive a coupon for a FREE book.


11th Annual Homeschooling Summer Reading Club

Prize(s): Receive a certificate, stickers and a prize in the mail by September 30, 2009!
Who: Grades K-12 (Homeschooled)
Cost: $1.39
Deadline: Postmarked by August 31, 2009


  • Sign your children up.
  • Print out Reading List Form.
  • Have children read books at their reading level.
  • List books on form, and total pages read.
  • When the total number of pages reach 500, mail the list along with a $1.39 stamp to the address provided on the Reading List Form (one per student).


Half Price Books “Feed Your Brain” Summer Reading Program 2009

Sponsor: Half Price Books
Prize(s): $3 shopping card at Half-Price books for each week spent reading for at least 15 minutes per day.
Who: Children 12 and under
Cost: Free
When: 6/1/09 – 7/31/09


  • Get a Feed Your Brain Reading Log at Half Price Books.
  • Check off each day for five days that the child read for 15 minutes or more.
  • Fill out a reading log, and have a parent or guardian sign it.
  • Bring the completed and signed log to Half Price Books.
  • Get a Feed Your Brain Reading Reward: $3 Shopping Card at Half Price Books.
  • Repeat steps 1 through 5 every week through Friday, July 31, 2009.


Scholastic’s Summer Challenge


“Kids, Ready to turn a page? Log your minutes, earn points, help a cause, and read for the world record! All you have to do is:

  • Take a fun quiz to get sorted onto a team.
  • Score points by logging the minutes you read each day.
  • Earn bonus points by taking games, quizzes, and polls.
  • Win prizes and sweepstakes while you are at it.”

At the end of the summer, the winning team gets to vote on which Save the Children U.S. program will receive a special donation from Scholastic in your team’s name!


Summer Reading at Borders – Kids Reading Challenge

Prize(s): 50% or more savings on selected items
Who: Kids 12 and under
Cost: Free
When: 5/26/09 – 8/31/09
Deadline: 8/31/09


  • Read any 8 books
  • List the books you’ve read on the Reading Challenge Worksheet.
  • Have a parent/guardian sign the completed worksheet.
  • Bring your completed worksheet to any Borders or Waldenbooks store between May 26 and August 31 to save 50% or more on selected items.


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