Thursday, May 12, 2016

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program for Kids (Kids Can Earn Free Books)!!

Looking for a fun way to keep your kids busy this summer and reading at the same time? The Barnes and Noble has a Summer Reading Program for kids that gives kids a free book when they read 8 books over the summer. How cool is that?

This year's 2016 Summer Reading Program is called Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon. You can either visit your local Barnes and Noble's children's section and find the Summer Reading Program display to get a Reading Journal for your child OR you can print one from their site - Reading Journal (English) or Reading Journal (Spanish)

Once you have the Reading Journal, fill out the student information on the first page of the journal. A parent must sign on this page in order for the child to get a free book.

In the reading log, your child will need to pick 3 of the 4 triathlon events to get their free book. They can choose to answer the following questions:
  1. What book made you read faster than ever before?
  2. What is the longest book you've ever read?
  3. In which series have you read the most books?
  4. What book made you stretch your imagination the most?
For the ones that they choose, they'll need to complete the title and author of the book.

To get your child's free book, just bring the completed and signed Reading Journal into your local Barnes and Noble book store between May 17, 2016 and September 6, 2016. Present it to an employee and they will let your child choose a book from the free book list. You can also head back to the Children's Section and find the display with the books and have your child select one from their eligible grade category and then take it to the register with your completed journal (this is typically what we have done in the past).

This year's 2016 Free Books available from the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program are:

Grades 1 & 2 are eligible to receive one of the following books:
  • Detective Camp (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #1)
  • DK Readers Level 1: Jungle Animals
  • Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler
  • Jorge el Curioso: El pueto de limonada
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson Series #1)
  • Pet the Cat: Scuba-Cat
  • Pinkalicious and Planet Pink
  • Stowaway! (Puppy Pirates Series #1)
  • The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks

Grades 3 & 4 are eligible to receive one of the following books:
  • The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War Series #3)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
  • I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survive Series #2)
  • Justice League vs. Bizarro League (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Series)
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  • Stuart Little

Grades 5 & 6 are eligible to receive one of the following books:
  • The Bravest Princess
  • Chomp
  • Esperanza renace
  • Lea Dives In
  • The Night Gardener
  • President of the Whole Fifth Grade
  • Story Thieves (Story Thieves Series #1)
  • Travel Team

The Barnes and Noble summer reading program website also has an educator activity kit (perfect for parents too). This kit includes fun activities about reading that can be completed with a child. The Barnes and Noble summer reading program is only available to school-aged children in grades 1-6. Sadly Rose has grown out of the program but she participated in it while in K-6 and it was a fantastic motivator to get her reading over the summer. Only one book is available for each child who completes a reading journal and choice must be made from the selected books available at the store.

If you weren't already aware, Barnes & Noble has an events calendar on their website for all their locations and it is filled with author appearances, events for kids, events for adults and more! Be sure to check out the events at the location nearest you for fun activities all year round!

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  1. Wonderful program! Our local library did summer reading programs which probably had a lot to do with all three of my children becoming avid readers....way to go Barnes and Noble!

  2. This would be great for my youngest nephew. He just finished kindergarten & loves that he can now read!

  3. This is a nice reading program.I think if a child starts out enjoying reading that they will love reading through out their lifes.

  4. I always loved participating in summer reading programs when I was a child.

  5. This is a great program. My daughter's are too old now but we did this once for our youngest.

  6. I love reading programs for the kiddos. So much fun.

  7. This is a great program. My kids and grandkids usually participate in the local library summer program, but this looks good too!

  8. This is suck a great idea to keep kids reading during the summer! We love reading so that's never a problem but I'm going to participate with my class too!