Summer Reading Fun Around Birmingham

We love that there are so many programs offered during the summer months that encourage the kiddos to keep reading even when they don’t “Have To.”

Here are some of the places getting in on the summer fun this year!


Books a Million 

Books-A-Million inspires young readers to pick up a book this summer with its Summer Quest Reading Ambassador program, which features a reading list of over 75 popular books for both kids and teens. Between May 4 and August 8, summer reading lists will be available at all Books-A-Million stores or by visiting Summer Quest Reading Ambassador online. To participate and receive a Camp Half-Blood tote bag celebrating the 10th anniversary of the popular “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” book series by Rick Riordan, participants must read four books from the reading list and return the completed list to a Books-A-Million store.

Not only will the reading list feature Rick Riordan’s “Heroes of Olympus” and “The Kane Chronicles” book series, but young readers will be able to choose from over 75 books from many popular authors. With titles like “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, “The Secret Series” by Pseudonymous Bosch and “Kingdom Keepers” from Ridley Pearson, young readers are certain to find one of their favorites or discover a new adventure.

Upon completing the reading list form and returning it to Books-A-Million, participants will receive the Percy Jackson 10th anniversary Camp Half-Blood tote bag. Exclusive merchandise from the popular book series will also be available, including 10 pairs of wayfarer sunglasses, 20 camp bumper stickers, an activity poster and more while supplies last.

Barnes and Noble

The Barnes and Noble summer reading program for kids gives kids a free book when they read 8 books over the summer.The Barnes and Noble summer reading program for 2015 is called Imagination’s Destination.

Visit Barnes and Noble summer reading program to download and print a 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.

After your child reads a book they need to write down the title, author, and who they would recommend the book to and why in the reading journal. Your child will need to read 8 books to be able to get a free book from the Barnes and Noble summer reading program.

Bring the completed and signed reading journal into your local Barnes and Noble book store between May 19, 2015 and September 7, 2015. Present it to an employee and they will let your child choose a book from the free book list.

The Barnes and Noble summer reading program is only available to school-aged children in grades 1-6.

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.

Chuck E Cheese

A summer reading program where kids can earn 10 free Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks. Print your calendar and get started!

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge™ is a free online reading program for children. Kids read and then go online to record the minutes they’ve read this summer. They’ll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards.
Join today and help set a new reading world record for summer 2015! (May 4 – Sept 4, 2015)

Sylvan Learning’s Book Adventure

Sylvan Learning’s Book Adventure program is more than just a summer reading program because it goes on all year long. It’s a great way to motivate kids to read by earning prizes.

When a child participates in Book Adventure, they get to take quizzes over books they’ve read and then exchange their quiz points for prizes.

Visit Book Adventure and register your child to get them started.

Local Libraries

Birmingham Public Libraries are a great source for summer fun and great reading incentives. This year’s theme will be “Every Hero Has a Story.” Check your local library for their specific line up of programs and prizes, as they vary by location.

Happy Reading!



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