Looking for summer reading programs to keep your children motivated to read? Summer is a great time to get outside and soak up some sun, but it’s also the perfect time to relax with a good book. Whether you’re reading bedtime stories or your child is spending the drive to the beach with their nose in a book, reading is a great summer activity for babies, kids, teens, and parents. Here are a few of the summer reading programs in the Upstate that offer prizes for being a bookworm.
First of all, your child’s school likely has a summer reading incentive program of some sort. Each school is different, so call the media center before school gets out to be sure your child has the log/paper to be able to record their books/hours. Most schools will even allow your child to double-dip on the books, so fill out this one alongside the ones listed below and double your child’s rewards.
Greenville Library Summer Reading Program
The Greenville County Library System’s 2022 Summer Reading Program registration will open on May 18th! The reading challenge begins on June 2, 2022. To participate, you register your young online readers. Then, print out or pick up a summer reading log from your library. Kids complete the challenge anytime between June 2 and July 30 and pick up prizes at the library.
This year’s reading program includes challenges for babes (0-35 months old), kids (ages 3-12), and teens (ages 13-17). Each age group earns different prizes when they complete their challenges. Prizes are as follows:
- Babies: Greenville Drive prize voucher and a board book (One board book is available per household.)
- Kids: Greenville Drive prize voucher, Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery coupon for a free pastry, Patch Brand bracelet, and a reading medal.
- Teens: Greenville Drive prize voucher, Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery coupon for a free pastry, and a colorful flying disk.
Summer Reading Kickoff at the Greenville Library begins June 2 – June 6 at various library locations throughout Greenville County.
Spartanburg County Library Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading with the Spartanburg County Public Library begins June 1st! If you live in Spartanburg County, you can join the fun by doing your summer reading card (which you can pick up at a library, print at home, or request one to be mailed to you). Participants of all ages are invited to read, and prizes are awarded to participants.
Readers must complete 9 hours or read 9 books this summer and return their card to a Spartanburg County Public Library Branch to exchange it for a prize. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a ticket to the Greenville Drive Summer Reading All-Stars Game! Additional Prizes are as follows:
- Children (Birth – 12 years old): a medal and frisbee
- Teens (12 – 18 years old): An aluminum water bottle
- Adults (18+): Bento box
Anderson County Library Summer Reading
Summer Reading Programs at the Anderson County Library System are offered for all ages (including adults) with chances to win prizes based on the amount of reading. This summer reading program runs from June 1 through July 31. This summer’s theme is Ocean of Possibilities! Readers can register and track their reading online or pick up tracking sheets at their library. Prizes for those who complete the summer reading program are as follows:
- Listeners (ages 0-5) and Readers (ages 6-12): a medal, a certificate, a coupon for Texas Roadhouse, a beach-themed toy, a voucher to the Greenville Drive’s Reading All-Stars Game, and a voucher to a Greenville Triumph match. They are also entered into a grand prize drawing for a bicycle and helmet (for Readers) or a Kindle Fire 7 Tablet (for Listeners).
- Teens (ages 12-18): They will also be entered into a drawing for a tote bag filled with goodies, including candy, stickers, earbuds, a pop socket, and gift cards.
- Adults (ages 18+): Adults readers who finish their reading challenge are entered into a drawing for a new iPad, gift cards, and books.
Keep your eyes on the Anderson County Library System event calendar for free summer reading events, too!
Laurens County Library Summer Reading
The Laurens County Library Summer Reading Program will begin June 1st, 2022! This year’s theme, Find Your Fantasy, is certain to get your family delving into the literary world. To participate, readers can swing by either the Laurens or Clinton library branch for a summer reading packet. Readers complete 12 books or 12 hours of reading, then return their completed summer reading card to a local library branch.
Prizes are awarded to kids between the ages of 0-11, teens ages 12-18, and adults ages 19 and over. Teens and adults will also be eligible for prize drawings. As part of the program, there are several in-person outdoor activities, as well as virtual programming.
The library system will also be hosting several ‘Find Your Fantasy’ themed programs throughout the summer.
- Kids Programs: Wednesday, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, and July 20 at Laurens (10 AM) and Clinton (2 PM) branches.
- Teen Programs: June 8, June 23, and July 6 at the Laurens Branch
- Movie Night: Family Movie Nights will be offered twice, June 10 and July 22 at 7 PM. These will be at The Ridge in Laurens, 301 Exchange Road.
Oconee County Library Summer Reading
From June 1 to July 29, the Oconee Library encourages readers of all ages to complete at least 500 minutes of reading as part of its Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. Readers can register on the program web page or at their library. Also, be sure to keep your eyes on the library’s event calendar for summer reading virtual and in-person events. (Note: Some in-person events require pre-registration.) All participants under the age of 17 will receive a certificate and a medal. Also, for each completed reading log submitted, readers will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Prizes are awarded by age groups:
- Emergent Readers – Ages 0-5
- Independent Readers – Ages 6-11
- Teen Readers – Ages 12-18
- Adults – Ages 18+
Pickens County Library Summer Reading Program
Pickens County Library’s Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program kicks off on June 6 – July 31. Summer reading participants in Pickens County can read 10 books of their choice, complete 10 activities listed on the reading log, or a combination of both to total 10. Reading log postcards will be mailed to area residents and are also available online. Participants ages 18 and under will receive an Ocean of Possibilities prize pack, as well as have their name entered into a drawing for more prizes. Adults who complete the program will receive a PCLS tote bag (while supplies last) and will also have their names entered into a drawing for more prizes. Prize details will be announced toward the end of May.
The Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza Challenge
The Scholastic Summer Reading Promise is a FREE online reading program for kids that runs from May 9 – August 19, 2022. Kids are encouraged to track their reading streaks to unlock prizes.
Pizza Hut Book It! Program
This one is probably tugging at your nostalgic heartstrings: Pizza Hut’s Book It! program is back! This program is for kids in PreK – 6th grade. Your kids can enroll now for the summer reading program called Camp BOOK IT! By logging the reading they complete in June, July, and August, kids earn a free one-topping personal pan pizza. Also, if you’re a homeschool teacher or teacher, you can enroll in a Book It! program that runs from October to March. This way your students can also earn that coveted pizza prize during the academic year!
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
Barnes & Noble offers their own summer reading program as well. For kids in grades 1-6, this program asks kids to keep a log of at least 8 books and describe their favorite part of each book. Kids fill in their reading journal, bring it to the store between July 1 and August 31, 2022, and they can choose a book from a curated list of titles. (The reading log is also available in Spanish.)
Books-A-Million Summer Reading Adventure
The BAM Summer Reading Adventure asks readers to choose any four books from the Books-A-Million Summer Reading Adventure list of books. When readers complete their logbook and show it to a store associate, they will be gifted a free Because of Winn-Dixie notepad and pen
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Program
Don’t forget about Chuck E Cheese — read 14 books or for 14 days and get 10 free tokens via their Chuck E. Cheese Rewards program. Bonus: Their rewards program is not limited to summer!
If your child needs help or extra practice reading this summer I recommend:
Clemson University Summer Reading Program
Clemson University is offering several summer reading programs for both children and adults. You simply choose the grade level your child will be entering in Summer 2022 and can sign up for specific days near your area. For more information or to enroll, call 1-800-964-8888 or visit their website.
**I graduated from Clemson with a Master’s Degree in Literacy. During my program, I was able to see these summer programs in action and they are top-notch! Your child will definitely be ready for the next year’s reading challenges after a summer with Clemson!**
How are you planning to incorporate reading into your summer plans?
This article was originally written by Erica McCall and has been updated by the Kidding Around Team.