If you’re looking to keep the kids reading this summer, check out these Jacksonville Story Times & Reading Rewards.
Earn Rewards Around Jacksonville
Barnes and Noble: Earn a free book when you read 8 books and record them on a Barnes and Noble Reading Log.
Book-It Summer Online Reading Program: Track and reward your kids’ reading for June, July and August in our digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut.
Books-A-Million: Kids can get a free Dog Man baseball cap with the Books-A-Million summer reading program! Start off by reading four of the 75+ qualified books. Then they fill out a journal to show their progress and return it to any Books-A-Million store.
Chuck E Cheese: Download a Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards Chart and kids earn 10 FREE tokens each time they read for two weeks in a row. Complete the form to claim the free tokens. A food purchase is required.
DOGOBooks: Read books and write as many original reviews as you can. The more reviews you write, the higher your chances of winning. 10 participants who review the most books will be eligible to win an eight book prize pack. The next 25 participants with the most reviews will be eligible to win a $10 gift card.
Half Priced Books: The Half Price Books hosts gift card giveaways on social media for kids who read for at least 300 minutes during the months of June and July. They also offer printable coloring sheets, online storytimes, and mystery book recommendations for ages ranging from preschool to teens.
Jacksonville Public Library: Read and track your books online, complete virtual activities and earn raffle tickets for prizes.
Lifeway Summer R.E.A.D. Program: Read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses, turn in your completed summer reading journal for a FREE book.
Scholastic Read-a-Polooza Summer Reading Challenge: This year, kids can build their avatar, make new friends, earn virtual rewards, and help unlock donations for kids with limited or no access to books by starting and keeping “reading streaks” in Scholastic Home Base when they read every day over the summer!
St. Johns County Public Library: Read and track your books at home and participate in online library challenges and collect prizes.
TD Bank: Kids in Kindergarten to 5th grade can earn $10 each for reading 10 books. Just fill in the book log and then bring it to your local branch and they will deposit $10 to your account.
Jacksonville Story Times
The Public Library: St. Johns County Library offers online story times throughout the week.
Check out a Traveling Tales Kit: The Duval County Library offers Traveling Tales Kits available for check out from the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville.
Sweet Pete Toddler Time Storytime: For a small fee, preschoolers can enjoy a story, a sweet treat and a craft.
Free Books & Magazines for Kids in Jacksonville
JaxKids Book Club: All Jacksonville 4 year olds are eligible to join this free early literacy summer reading program. Kids will receive a backpack filled with free books about Jacksonville.
Little Free Library: Jacksonville actually has a few Little Free Libraries around town, you can check their online map to find the one closest to you.
Free Lego Magazine: Sign up for a free subscription to LEGO Club or LEGO Club Jr. Magazine.
Kids’ Guide to Helping Animals: This is a free, one-issue magazine from PETA. It includes information about conservation, buying cruelty-free products, and animal-friendly field trips.
Junie B. Jones Reading Club – Sign up for a free online newsletter and download a reading log and activity sheet.
SYNC Summer Reading Program for Teens: Teens can get two free audio books every week this summer.
Shannon Beckham is a former Special Education teacher, turned SAHM that doesn’t spend a lot of time staying at home. Mom to Cole & Kiley, she loves cheering on the Gators, early morning visits to the beach and traveling with her family. She blogs about her adventures at The Beckham Project.