Just in case reading for the sake of reading during the summer isn't enough for you or your kids, maybe prizes for reading will be the motivation needed to avoid the "Summer Slide."
There are numerous summer reading programs out there, but I've narrowed them down to the 4 Best Summer Reading Programs that are completely FREE.
Each of these programs are a bit different, but the basic idea is you read a certain amount (depended on the program), submit your log, and receive your free stuff. It's pretty easy, and fun to see what stuff you get. I personally always love the free books my kids and I get, but activities like mini-golf, free meals, small toys, bookmarks, etc are other common prizes.
The 4 Best Summer Reading Programs
Your Local Public Library
This is by far one of your best and easiest options.
You almost always get a free book after completing the program as well as other prizes.
Everyone can participate (babies to adults)
We all do the library summer reading program every year. The bookmarks and books are my favorite prizes.
Read 8 books
Record on a Reading Journal (PDF found here)
Bring journal in to the store
Choose a free book from a selection there.
Program runs between May 20, 2014- September 2, 2014
There isn't an age limit, but the prizes are limited to books geared towards 1st through 6th Grade.
Kids read and log their minutes.
All kids across the country have their minutes combined and it is kept track on the website which is fun to see.
Every time a child reaches a milestone you can enter a sweepstakes to win free books.
Location on website for parents to find free book lists as well as a reading timer app.
Each month (June and July) kids 14 and younger can keep strive to read a total of 300 minutes.
They keep track on this form which they print out and complete.
Bring completed form into the store at the end of the month (no later than July 6 and August 10th for June and July respectively) and get $5 worth of store bucks to use as you please.
Now if you need help deciding what to read, check out the numerous lists found here for all ages and reading levels.