Nashville Summer Reading Programs


Summer in Nashville brings to mind lazy days, ice cream treats, pools and water play, summer moviessummer camp, and some truly fantastic farmers markets. If you were at all like me as a kid, summer stretched out before you as a fantastic time for reading adventures. Happily, there are a ton of summer reading programs to help you encourage your kids to pick up a book (and avoid the summer slide). We’ve gathered information on several of them for you here!

Nashville Public Library’s Summer Challenge

This one is always a favorite of mine. When my mom introduced me to the children’s corner in our tiny public library back home, I was pretty sure she’d handed me the keys to a magical kingdom. Our beautiful downtown library definitely lends itself to the magic of that memory (that playground! the story hours! the play tables!), and I love any chance to take the kids there. (Of course, local branches are pretty magical—and very convenient!—as well.) A super part of NPL’s program is that they do an Adult Summer Reading Program too, so you can make it a family affair!

  • Dates: May 6—August 21, 2019
  • Details:Read 600, 1200, and 1800 minutes to earn points for prizes.
  • Prizes: Prizes include coupons to free entry at area attractions as well as freebies at local restaurants and businesses. Completing the program also earns registrants entries into drawings for other prizes such as gift cards, gadgets, and memberships to local museums. The more you read, the more entries you’ll earn in the drawings—and the more likely you are to win!

Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards

This one actually isn’t limited to Summer . . . or to reading! Chuck E. Cheese offers a variety of reward calendar options that might come in useful as an incentive program with your child.

  • Dates: Whenever you want! Just pick a two week stretch, set a goal, and go for it! (The current calendars state that they expire at the end of the year.)
  • Details: Print off the goal calendar, mark off accomplished days with your child, and bring in the completed form to redeem at your local Chuck E. Cheese location.
  • Prizes: 10 free tokens! This makes a great addition to one of the packages that Chuck E. Cheese offers for an easy dinner out where the kids can stay (relatively) self-entertained for a bit. We recommend choosing a week day evening if you want to avoid crowds.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

An easy, low-commitment program, Barnes & Noble provides a fun, printable journal that your kiddo may enjoy stashing in a treasured space or posting to the refrigerator for all to see.

  • Dates: Bring in your completed form between August 1 and August 31, 2019.
  • Details: Download the B&N Reading Journal. Read any eight books and record them in the journal — sharing which part of the book was your favorite and why. Bring the completed journal to your local B&N store.
  • Prizes: Choose a FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal!

Know of any other great reading programs that we’ve missed?
What other ways do you encourage your child to read over the Summer?


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