Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Summer is just around the corner! What are your plans?

My plans usually consist of lazy days, vacation trips, and playing with my kids. How about you?

I think summer is a great time to encourage our school kids to pick up a book and do a summer reading program. My kids loved doing summer reading programs when they were younger. They loved many of the books they read and even the fun prizes they could win.

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 your children reading and exploring as they 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. Children will then receive a Star Reader Certificate that gives them $1.00 off your next book purchase at Amazon Books.

Barnes & Noble

Until August 31st, children can read any 8 books and record them on the Barnes and Noble’s Reading Journal provided online or in-store (Download the Summer Reading Journal here). 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 grades 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 rewards.

Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar can be completed until December 31, 2020. 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 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.


Join H-E-Buddy’s Summer Reading Club by reading ten books and recording them on a reading log from the form on their website. Every time a child logs a book, a parent will need to initial it by the title, so they get credit for reading. When the reading log is complete, mail it to the address on their website and your kids will be rewarded with a special t-shirt. This program goes until October 1.

Lifeway Stores

Lifeway Stores hold a Summer Reading Program from June 1st to August 31st. The program is aimed at children in grades 1 through 6 and toddlers aged 1 to 5. The challenge of the program is to read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses. To claim your prizes you will then want to fill out the form by visiting their website here.

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!

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 and until September 6. Kids can unlock digital rewards as they complete their weekly reading challenges and access book excerpts, videos, and other exclusive content.

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 when they present a book report to participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinema box office.

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.

TD Bank

TD Bank makes reading fun by offering a summer reading program that encourages kids to read and learn about saving money. Children from K-5 can participate in their reading program. Each child can earn $10 each for reading 10 books. Make sure you fill out a book log and bring it to your local TD Bank branch.

Free Summer Reading Log Printable

If you need a FREE Summer Reading Log, check out our free printable below. Just fill out the form!

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