Summertime — with the lovely leisure of no school schedules — and Kids Reading Contests — with their tantalizing prize lists — go hand-in-hand. Here are a few captivating contests to check out!
Borders Books Double Dog Dare for kids 12 and under — read 10 books and choose a prize! Check out the details by clicking on the link:
Barnes and Noble Passport to Summer Reading for kids 6th grade or younger — they have an exceptionally long list of titles to choose from after you’ve read 8 books. Click on the link:
Kids Read Science Summer Science Reading Contest asks kids ages 8-12 to produce a short video production as their entry after reading a nonfiction title. Sounds like a blast! There is a contest for teens as well, but here are the details for the 8-12 year olds:
Boys Life Magazine is running a contest in 3 age groups — 8 and younger, 9 and 10, 11 and up — requiring an essay (book review). It’s open until December and has great prizes. If your boy would like to win stuff ranging from sleeping bags to cool build-it-yourself crystal radio kits, here is your chance! Click the link:
The Minnesota Twins sponsor a reading contest for kids in a number of Midwest states, ages 14 and down. Check out the details here, or, if you aren’t lucky enough to live up here in the True Northland 🙂 you might try checking with your local Major League Baseball team as I believe a number of them run similar contests:
Again, for you local Minneapolis folk, the Hennepin County Library summer reading program is a great one to be a part of. Every summer my kids looked forward to receiving a bag of Cool Summer Reading Stuff, and entering their book reviews weekly for a chance to win. And they did win! Numerous times! Kids can write a short on-line review, or they can even draw a picture on the form from the library to show what they loved about the book. Surely your local library has a similar contest running this summer:
Here are a few more which are not-just-for-summer:
Sylvan Learning Center sponsors an on-going reading contest for kids in grades K-8. Read a book, take an on-line quiz about it, and earn points towards fun prizes.
Right now, if you’re willing to receive an on-line newsletter from Random House Books, you can receive 3 great titles: Are You My Mother, Frederick and Oh The Places You’ll Go! Check it out here:
Last, but certainly not least, a chance to win the entire Chronicles of Narnia collection as they gear up for the release of the next film:
If you know of any more great ways to win free books, please add a comment and let us know about them! And of course, don’t forget there is one more week for the Spread-the-Marmalade Book Give-Away!!