Free Reading Programs for Kids This Summer

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Summer is just around the corner. Your plans probably consist of time for playing, lazy days, and vacation trips. But it’s also a great time to encourage your kids to pick up a book and do a summer reading program.

A summer reading program has proven to make a difference in your children’s education to continue to help them learn and grow. It’s a great way to keep the kids reading and exploring as they can win fun prizes like free books, games, and more.

Check out these free reading programs for kids this summer!

Amazon Summer Reading Program

Children up to age 14 or 8th grade can join the Amazon Books Store summer reading challenge. To participate, children read any 8 books this summer. Keep track and bring the reading list to any Amazon Books by September 2, 2019. Children will then receive a Star Reader Certificate that gives them $1.00 off your next book purchase at Amazon.

Barnes and Noble

Until August 31, children can read any 8 books and record them on the Barnes and Noble’s Reading Journal provided online or in store. When completed the children take the journal back to the store to pick up a free book from the list at the back of the journal. The summer reading program includes teens and adults, but only kids in grade 1-6 earn a prize.


Offering fun activities and printables to encourage kids to avoid the summer slip of learning. There is a reading list by grade that can be helpful for any parents to use. Check out Book-It!

Books A Million

Join the Summer Reading Adventure program. Children choose any 4 books from the Summer Reading Adventure section in-store or online. Then write about the books they have read in their Summer Reading Adventure journal. Once completed show to a store that is associated to receive the FREE Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack.

Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar can be completed until December 31, 2019. This program awards kids for good behavior with their calendars. Download their Reading Rewards Calendar and your kids can mark off each day they read. When the calendar is full (two weeks), turn it into your local Chuck E. Cheese for 10 FREE game tokens. This can be done again and again!


Kids can add their favorite summer reading books to a reading log over at DOGOBooks. Then they can write reviews on the books they’ve read. The more reviews that they write the higher chance of winning they have. 10 reviewers have a chance to a win a book prize pack, the next 25 top reviewers will win a $10 gift card.

Half Price Books

During Jun and July, children under 14 can earn $5.00 coupons by reading at least 300 minutes a month when they track their reading minutes on a reading calendar. Teens can also participate by writing a book review on a select title. Check out for more information here.

Potter Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge occurs until August 26. Kids are challenged to read 14 hand-selected books from one of two lists. When completed the book list can be brought to a local Pottery barn Kids and will receive a free book. Kids can also be entered into an online drawing for a backpack full of books!

Scholastic Books

Scholastic’s Read-A-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is where kids can log in their summer reading minutes to earn digital prizes. The challenge is between May 6 until September 6.

Showcase Cinemas

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays encourages young children to read during the summer months. Children can bring in a book report and receive a FREE admission to a select children’s film on Wednesdays at 10:00 am.

Sylvan Book Adventure

Sylvan Book Adventure is an interactive reading assessment, management, and rewards program for kids (K-8th grade). Children can choose between 7,000 titles and then take a short quiz to earn points. Points can be redeemed for virtual prizes.

Local Library

Check out your local library as most of them will have their own summer reading program. Some may even offer free books and prizes!

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