Barnes and Noble is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their summer reading program for kids, and they are once again awarding free books.
All children have to do to earn books in this year’s program is to fill out a reading journal and answer at least 3 of the 4 questions on it. They do not have to read a certain number of books or log the books they have read. The questions are:
- What book made you read faster than ever before?
- What is the longest book you’ve ever read?
- In which series have you read the most books?
- What book made you stretch your imagination the most?
Once children turn in their forms, they get to choose one book from one of the reward book options. There are several books offered in each grade level. These are:
GRADES 1 & 2
- Detective Camp (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #1)
- DK Readers Level 1: Jungle Animals
- Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler
- Jorge el curioso: El puesto de limonada
- Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson Series #1)
- Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat
- Pinkalicious and Planet Pink
- Stowaway! (Puppy Pirates Series #1)
- The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks
GRADES 3 & 4
- The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War Series #3)
- Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
- I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survived 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
- The Bravest Princess
- Esperanza renace
- Lea Dives In
- The Night Gardener
- President of the Whole Fifth Grade
- Story Thieves (Story Thieves Series #1)
- Travel Team
The steps to take part are:
- Fill out the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal.
- Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
- Choose a free book from their selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.
You can learn more and download the forms here. Children may only choose one complimentary book for the summer. The program runs from May 17 through September 6, 2016, while supplies last. Note that Barnes and Noble says that there is no guarantee that the child’s preferred book will be available.
Barnes and Noble does not seem to limit the ages or grades of kids who take part in the summer reading program. Nowhere on the form does it say that it is only for children between certain ages or in certain grades. The reward books are for children in grades 1-6 but it would appear that children who are younger or older can participate if they wish.
Educators can also download this year’s activity kit (PDF). The kit has activity pages and extension ideas, among other resources.