For Kids: Homeschool Curriculum Resources for Reading

Some kids love to read while others may need a nudge. Whatever your reason, check out these community-based reading incentive programs for kids. We’ve organized resources and events by month, beginning with September.

  • Pizza Hut BookIt Program: Kids between the ages of 5 and 12 can earn free personal pan pizzas throughout the school year, just for reading books. Homeschool parents must enroll online.

  • National Aquarium Read to Reef Book Club: Baltimore area children, up to the 5th grade, may visit an Enoch Pratt library branch in October and pick up a Read to Reef book mark in October. Kids who complete the reading challenge by December 31 can turn the bookmark in for up to 4-free admission tickets.

  • Six Flags Read to Succeed Program: Children in grades K – 6, who are registered in October and complete 6 hours of recreational reading, can earn a free ticket to Six Flags.

  • Baltimore Book Festival: Come out to the multi-day celebration of reading in Baltimore in the beginning of November. They host a huge tract of children’s events, including author talks and activities.

  • America’s Battle of the Books: Think of it as a version of Family Feud based on books. Groups of kids in grades 3 – 12 read through an assigned reading list and then compete against other teams. It’s a national program with local contests that are hosted around April.

  • Free Comic Book Day: Find a participating comic book store. Visit on the 1st Saturday in May. Take home your free comic book. It’s that simple.

  • Library Summer Reading Challenge: Visit your local library and sign up for their annual Summer Reading Challenge. Each year, libraries across Maryland host a thematic reading program. When kids met their weekly goal, they earn a small prize.

  • National Book Festival: Stop by the Washington Convention Center at the end of August for the Library of Congress’ book festival and check out the children’s reading tract.

For Parents: Homeschool Curriculum Resources for Reading

Stretch your homeschool budget with these free and low-cost community-based resources that support homeschool reading goals.

  • Baltimore Book Thing: Imagine a 10,000 square foot bookstore where all the books are free! Well, that dream is a reality in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood. The only catch is that they’re open Saturdays and Sundays, only.

  • Maryland Book Bank: More free K-12 books for the taking! MBB also has limited hours when they’re open to the public at their Baltimore location (just a few minutes up from Hampden). Non-members are restricted to 25 free books each month.

  • Scholastic Warehouse Sales: Make a trip to Odenton in June to take advantage of enormous savings on brand new Scholastic books.

  • Kanopy Video Streaming Service: Check with your local public library for how you can sign up to access free movie streaming in your home. The video library includes 30,000 titles of documentaries, classics, indie films, and other movies.

  • Low-Cost and Free Special Education Testing: 7 options for accessing free and low-cost psycho-educational testing for your child, if you suspect a reading disability.

Last modified on September 5, 2023

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