“TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book.” ~Author Unknown
Dallas-Fort Worth offers several great summer reading programs for kids. They are all free to participate. Most of these programs have some sort of form to track how many books or hours kids read over the summer and then offer a reward or prize for turning in a completed form. These programs are a great way to get kids motivated to do some summer reading and keep their reading skills sharp for the next year.
She Is Dallas has compiled a list of DFW Summer Reading Programs for kids. Please let us know if we’ve missed any!
Arlington Public Library
- Reward: reading certificate, a swim pass, a free ticket to the July 10 Rangers game, coupons, and other prizes!
- How It Works: Each age group has a specific reading log color and reading or listening requirement. Fill out each log as you read or listen during the summer. When you have filled up your log, come back and receive a prize and grab another log!
- Locations: All Arlington library locations
- For more information, please visit the Arlington Public Library website.
Barnes and Noble
- Reward: One Free Book from Select List!
- How It Works: Read 8 books and log in journal. Turn in journal to any Barnes and Noble by September 6th. They also offer a Barnes and Noble Parent Activity Kit
- Locations: 3881 S. Cooper St # 2027 in Arlington, 305 West FM 1382 Suite 520 in Cedar Hill, 7700 West Northwest Hwy. Ste. 300 in Dallas, 5959 Royal Lane Suite 616 in Dallas, 5301 Beltline Road Suite 118 in Dallas, 2201 I-35 East South Space N01B in Denton, 401 Commerce Street in Fort Worth, 1612 S. University Dr #401 in Fort Worth, 4801 Overton Ridge Blvd suite 100 in Fort Worth, 2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204 in Frisco, 190 Cedar Sage Drive Unit #BB01 in Garland, 4100 Deer Creek Suite 100 in Highland Village, 861 NE Mall Blvd in Hurst, 7615 N. MacArthur in Irving, 3634 Irving Mall in Irving, 2325 S Stemmons Fwy Suite 401 in Lewisville, 2201 Preston Rd Suite E in Plano, 801 West 15th St Suite E in Plano, 1430 Plaza Place in Southlake,
- For more information, please visit the Barnes and Noble website.
- Reward: One Free Book from a Select List!
- How It Works: Read any 10 books and complete the Borders. Complete a Borders Reading Log and bring to a store for coupon for a free book. Must be 12 years old or younger. Form must be completed and brought to any Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks store 6/1/11 “9/5/11 to redeem coupon.
- Locations: 965 West Bethany Dr. in Allenm 4000 Arlington Highlands Blvd. in Arlington, Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, Terminal A, Gate 21, 5500 Greenville Ave. in Dallas, 4601 W. Freeway in Fort Worth.
- For more information, please visit the Borders website.
Chuck E. Cheese
- Reward: 10 Free Tokens!
- How It Works: Download and print out the Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards calendar. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring it in completed to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward.
- Locations: 204 N Central Expressway, Ste 33 in Allen, 2216 S. Fielder Rd. in Arlington, 13364 Montfort in Dallas, 7110 S. Westmoreland in Dallas, 341 South I-35E in Denton, 4860 SW Loop 820 in Fort Worth, 4992 State Hwy 190 in Garland, 1340 W. Centerville in Garland, 2760 W. I-20 in Grand Prairie, 2755 E. Grapevine Mills Circle in Grapevine, 3903 W. Airport Frwy. in Irving, 2402 S. Stemmons in Lewisville, 7935 Grapevine Hwy. in N. Richland Hills, 1604 Preston Rd. in Plano, 855 East Interstate 30 in Rockwall, 7750 Scott St. in White Settlement, 2935 SW Parkway in Wichita Falls.
- For more information, please visit the Chuck E. Cheese website.
Dallas Public Library
- Reward: Various prizes!
- How It Works: Registration for Summer Reading begins June 1st. Spend at least 4 hours reading or listening each week (3 hours if you are under 10 years old). Prizes will be awarded weekly so be sure to visit each and every week!Final day to pick up prizes is Saturday, August 13, before 5:30 p.m. All children may enroll, including those who read by themselves and those who participate by listening. Readers may choose any reading material, such as books, magazines, audio books, etc.
- Locations: All Dallas branch libraries participate in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program. In addition, most branches feature weekly storytimes that you can attend to earn more hours.
- For more information, please visit the Dallas Library website.
Denton Public Library
- Reward: Free book for turning in the first reading log. Turn in the second reading log for the following prizes: ages 0 to 2 will receive bibs; ages 2 to 5 will get a special mood cup; ages 6 to 11 can pick a pen; ages 12 to 17 will get ear buds; and adults get a free tote bag. For their third reading log, children and teens can receive a ticket to the Water Park Party at Water Works Park. Adults will be entered into a drawing to win one of two Color Nooks.
- How It Works: Register for the Summer Reading Club between June 2 and July 26. Pick up your first reading log and read 20 minutes a day for a total of 10 days. Don't stop there! Pick up your second reading log and read 20 minutes a day for another 10 days. Turn in your second completed reading log and collect another cool prize. But wait, there's more! You can pick up a third reading log, read for 10 more days, and return the completed log for even more prizes.
- Locations: Any Denton library location
- For more information, please visit the Denton library website.
Flower Mound Public Library
- Reward: Reading certificate, coupons for entertainment or food, your name on the reading wall, free paperback book, and other fun prizes.
- How It Works: Pick up a reading log beginning June 9 and keep track of your reading time. Receive awards for every seven days that you read for at least 20 minutes.
- Location: 3030 Broadmoor Ln. in Flower Mound.
- For more information, please visit the Flower Mound Library website.
Fort Worth Public Library
- Reward: Various prizes including netbooks, iPods, eReaders and more!
- How It Works: Pick up a reading log at any Fort Worth library and log your reading from May 21 – July 31. Turn it in to library for cool prizes.
- Locations: Any Fort Worth Public Library location.
- For more information, please visit the Fort Worth Library website.
Frisco Public Library
- Reward: Various cool prizes including cookies, karate lessons, and bowling!
- How It Works: Pick up reading log starting June 3rd. Log your reading up to 10 books. Turn in reading log for cool prizes.
- Location: 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard, Suite 3000 in Frisco.
- For more information, please visit the Frisco Library website.
Grand Prairie Public Library
- Reward: Various fun prizes!
- How It Works: The Grand Prairie libraries will host the Summer Reading Challenge from June 6 to July 31. Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at your closest branch, and receive a reading log to get started. Kids earn prizes as they read throughout the summer. The Reading Challenge is open to all children and younger. The libraries offer separate reading programs for teens and adults.
- Locations: Main Library, 901 Conover Drive; Warmack Branch Library, 760 Bardin Road; Bowles Branch, 2750 Graham St.
- For more information, please visit the Grand Prairie Public Library website.
Half Price Books
- Reward: $5 Back-to-School Bucks to be used at Half Price Books.
- How It Works: Complete the Half Price Books Reading Log. Set a goal to read each day for at least 15 minutes or more throughout June and July. Grown-ups may read aloud for kids who are still learning. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial at the end of each week. Did you read 600 minutes or more? Turn in your completed reading log at Half Price Books July 25 “ August 7 to receive your $5 Back-to-School Bucks summer reading reward! Do you think you're a Top Reader this summer? We ™ll award one top reader per age group with a TOP READER prize, a $20 HPB Gift Card! For ages 14 and under.
- Locations: 770 Road to Six Flags East in Arlington, 2211 S. Cooper St. in Arlington, 713 Harwood Rd. in Bedford, 12616 S. Freeway in Burleson, 711 North Highway 67 in Cedar Hill, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy. in Dallas, 13388 Preston Rd. in Dallas, 5417 S. Hulen St. in Fort Worth, 475 Sherry Ln. in Fort Worth, 3221 Preston Rd. in Frisco, 3085 N. George Bush Freeway in Garland, 3401 W. Airport Frwy. in Irving, 420 East F.M. 3040 in Lewisville, 3190 S. Central Expy. in McKinney, 1645 Town East Blvd. in Mesquite, 3118 W. Parker Rd. in Plano, 2100 Alamo Rd. in Richardson, 959 E. I-30 in Rockwall, 7620 Denton Hwy. in Watauga.
- For more information, please visit the Half Price Books website.
H.E.Buddy Summer Reading Program
- Reward: Cool prizes!
- How It Works: Just pick out 10 books and get started. After you finish reading each one, log it in the H.E.Buddy Summer Reading log. Be sure to have a grown up put their initials by each book you ™ve read. (Parent's, you can read to your children if they are too young) When you're done pat yourself on the back! You ™ve read 10 books. Now reward yourself with a cool prize by mailing the form to: H ¢E ¢Buddy ® 2011 Summer Reading Program, 10530 Sentinel, San Antonio, Texas 78217.
- For more information, please visit the H.E.Buddy website.
Irving Public Library
- Reward: Certificates, Free books, and other fun prizes!
- How It Works: Kids are recognized for the days they read 20 minutes or more. With every 10 days of reading, they will receive a reward. Family fun activities are offered all summer. Teens, grades 6 “12, are rewarded for every seven hours of reading. Programs, including author visits, movie marathons, gaming competitions, parties and crafts, are offered throughout the summer at various library locations.
- Locations: All Irving Library locations.
- For more information, please visit the Irving Library website.
iVillage and PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge
- Reward: Daily prizes!
- How It Works:A free 6-week online program to help children discover the joys of reading. Parents will receive a daily email with fun activities to build reading skills, tricks and advice from your Challenge coach, great book suggestions for kids of all ages, tips from other parents taking the challenge, and a chance to win daily prizes!For more information, please visit the iVillage/PBS Kids Reading Challenge website.
- For more information, please visit the iVillage/PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge website.
Lewisville Public Library
- Reward: Various fun prizes, including free books!
- How It Works: Pick up a reading log at the library and track your reading. Bring it in throughout the summer for fun prizes. Runs June 4-August 6, 2011
- Location:1197 West Main Street in Lewisville.
- For more information, please visit the Lewisville Library website.
Pizza Hut BookIt! Reading Challenge
- Reward: Sweepstakes entry to win Tote Bag, Water Bottle, Mini Flier, Mini Ball, Sunglasses, Jump Rope, Book Light, Mr. Popper?s Penguins by Richard Atwater, $20 Visa Gift Card!!
- How It Works: Kids K-6 can register online from June 15-Aug 15. Those that read 5 books over the summer can get entered to win a cool prize package with this Pizza Hut Summer Reading Sweepstakes form.
- For more information, please visit the Pizza Hut BookIt! website.
Richardson Public Library
- Reward: Certificate, see your name on the reading board, stickers and raffle tickets for fun prizes to be drawn on Aug.6th.
- How It Works: From June 4 – August 6th, stop by the library to pick up your official reading log and bookmark. “Read-to-me” kids need to log 5 hours while Readers need to log 5 books.
- Location: 900 Civic Center Dr. in Richardson.
- For more information, please visit the Richardson Library website.
- Reward: Prizes such as free books and digital rewards!
- How It Works: Kids can log their reading minutes online and participate in weekly challenges, earn digital rewards, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and more. Younger readers can participate with their parents on the Summer Challenge Family Playground, where they can also log minutes to earn fun prizes and enter sweepstakes. Scholastic also offers Summer Reading Resources and Activities.
- For more information, please visit the Scholastic Books website.
Southlake Public Library
- Reward: Summer Reading Club Prize Drawings will take place at Town Hall, 3rd Floor on Saturday, August 13th from 10:00 a.m. ” Noon.
- How It Works: Track summer reading on the Southlake Summer Reading Log to win cool prizes.
- Location: 1400 Main Street, Ste. 130 in Southlake.
- For more information, please visit the Southlake Library website.