Next up on our summer freebies series are all the reading deals! Most follow the read X books, get 1 free model, but there are a few that differ. Hopefully your little one enjoys reading or at least getting freebies 🙂
American Girl – Select locations in large cities are being held for girls ages 8 and up. Kids get to decorate their own bookmark and summer reading log and can take home a doll-sized poster.
Barnes & Noble – They’re giving away a free book if your child reads 8 books and fills out a Reading Journal (which can be obtained on their website for free)
Half Price Books – Children 14 and under who read 300 minutes a month (that’s only 10 mins/day) will receive $5 gift card.
HEBuddy – After reading 10 books, send in the form to receive a “cool prize,” which looks to be a free t-shirt.
New York Times – Every Friday from June 13 through Aug. 15, children aged 13-19 can read one article in the NYT and write in about why they read it or what interested them. Aside from broadening their horizon’s and randomly posting some of the selected weekly responses, there doesn’t look to be any “reason” to do this. Still, 15-year-old-Goob would have gone crazy over this offer so maybe there’s a kindred Hiffer out there who would enjoy this.
Pizza Hut – I can’t find any details on what the prizes are, but Pizza Hut has run their Book It summer programs for many years now and people seem to love it. It starts on June 1 this year.
Pottery Barn – Now through July 31, your little one’s can read any 8 books from their recommended list to receive a free book! Please note the same page says the program ends on July 17, so I’m not sure which is correct.
Public Libraries – Be sure to check with your local libraries
Scholastic – Running through Sept. 5, kids can log their reading time online in an effort to help break the world record! It doesn’t look like they’re giving away prizes this year, but that may of course change.
Sylvan Book Adventure – Kids in grades K-8 can read books offline then log-on to take quizzes on what they’ve read. I know the thought of voluntary quizzes during the summer might scare most kids (and adults for the matter), but instead of grades you get prizes!
Showcase – As I mentioned in our free summer movies post, children can get free tickets for movies this summer just for doing a short book report!
TD Bank – Finally we have the classic offer by TD Bank. Kids in grades K-5 have until Aug. 31 to read 10 books. They’ll be rewarded with cold, hard cash in the form of $10 added to their free savings account.
Other Summer Freebies
[thanks to Saving with Shellie for help with this list!]