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Barnes & Noble summer reading log and RIF summer reading constellation activitity.

Digging into a great book under a sun umbrella, preferably poolside, is one of the joys of summer. And the benefits of reading still hold true even when school isn’t in session. Thankfully, a number of summer reading programs help keep the learning going over the summer months, and kids can earn free goodies along the way! Here are our picks for the best summer reading programs for kids.

1. Reading Is Fundamental

RIF summer reading program materials including reading log and constellations activity.

Soar with reading while summer is out with Reading Is Fundamental , the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit. From RIF reading lists and a collection of free e-books to interactive materials on Literacy Central and the Literacy Central app for on the go, RIF helps kids master the reading skills they need to succeed.  

Learn more: RIF Summer Reading

2. Showcase Cinemas Summer Reading Program

Read a book and earn a ticket for a free summer flick on Bookworm Wednesdays! Kids can earn free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas box office.

Learn more: Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays

3. Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program reading log and book list.

Every summer, Barnes & Noble curates an excellent list of books that make for fun (and secretly educational) summer reads for kids of all ages. Kids can earn a free book after they read eight books and log them on the downloadable reading journal. The Barnes & Noble kids’ summer reading program is available for students in grades 1–6. Only one book is available for each child who completes a reading journal, and the choice must be made from the selected books available at the store.

Learn more: B&N 2024 Summer Reading Journal

4. Half Price Books

The Half Price Books kids’ summer reading program, aka Summer Reading Camp, offers kids the chance to earn Bookworm Bucks for reading during the months of June and July. The program website also features printable coloring sheets, online story times, and mystery book recommendations for ages ranging from preschool to teens.

Learn more: Half Price Books Summer Reading Camp

5. Professional Sports Teams

Many professional sports teams sponsor summer reading programs, including the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Fire FC. Check with your local team to see if they offer a reading program.

Learn more: Reading With the Rays and Chicago Fire Kids Club

6. Scholastic

Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base logo with Clifford the Big Red Dog

Scholastic has a summer reading digital home base where kids can build an avatar, make new friends in a fully moderated online space, and earn virtual rewards. All you need to do is sign up and keep a Reading Streak in Scholastic Home Base over the summer.

Learn more: Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base

7. Public Libraries

Check your local library for more free kids summer reading programs with activities and incentives for all ages. Most libraries also have story times and other reading-themed activities.

Learn more: Collaborative Summer Library Program 

8. Camp BOOK IT! With Pizza Hut

summer reading incentives

Join BOOK IT summer camp to encourage reading all summer long. Track kids’ reading for the summer months in their digital dashboard. If they meet their monthly reading goal, kids then receive a free Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut!

Learn more: Camp BOOK IT!

9. Sonlight Summer Reading Challenge Kit

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Homeschool curriculum publisher Sonlight has created a printable Summer Reading Kit packed with reading activities that’ll keep your child engaged with books all summer long. Printables include punch cards, reading bingo cards, templates for bookmarks and bookplates, book brackets, and book award certificates. 

Learn more: Sonlight Summer Reading Kit

10. Start your own book club

Reading is more fun with friends! Why not start your very own book club ? Gather 8 to 10 friends from school, summer camp, or your neighborhood who are all around the same reading level as your child. Chicago Parent magazine offers some great tips for starting your own summer reading club. 

What 2024 summer reading programs for kids have we missed? Come and share in our We Are Teachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, check out these scratch-off reading challenges and  free downloadable bookmarks., you might also like.

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Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a free summer reading program or two!? My kids loved the free books, so we participated in more than one program. I especially recommend programs that reward with BOOKS, not food.

free summer reading programs for kids

But first, you might want to know about these Imagination Soup resources:

SUMMER READING LISTS BY GRADE LEVEL

SUMMER READING BINGO

FREE SUMMER READING PACKET

SUMMER READING TIPS FROM AUTHORS, TEACHERS, & LIBRARIANS

READING JOURNAL FOR KIDS

READING CHALLENGE FOR KIDS

Ready for the 2024 list of summer reading programs?

I will keep updating this list if any new summer reading programs are announced.

Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives as well as provides accountability. Here are all your options:

summer reading incentives

1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading . Most public libraries will be kicking their summer reading program in May. They will often have the chance to get free books or prizes–even with the strange times in which we live. Hopefully, your local library will be open for storytime and other activities.

summer reading incentives

4. Amazon Summer Reading Challenge (not yet updated for 2024) Harper Collins Summer Reading on Amazon This program is a pretty lame reading challenge if you ask me– read 7 books and get a certificate and one free book from National Geographic Kids. Still waiting to get the 2022 details…

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids

8. Pizza Hut’s Book It Program Register online for the next school year to earn prizes and pizza for reading.

summer reading incentives

10. Sonlight Summer Reading Challenge Try this reading challenge for many different ages and reading levels from the Sonlight homeschool curriculum.

Encourage your child to read this summer by participating in one of these programs. They may want to participate in a huge national program or maybe the local library summer reading program is more their speed. Maybe an individual challenge will motivate them the most.

Summer Reading Book Lists by Grade Level

Picture Book List for Pre-Readers

1st Grade Reading List (age 6 – 7)

2nd Grade Reading List (age 7 – 8)

3rd Grade Reading List (age 8 – 9)

4th Grade Reading List (age 9 – 10)

5th Grade Reading List (age 10 – 11)

6th Grade Reading List (age 11 – 12)

7th Grade Reading List (age 12 – 13)

8th Grade and High School Grade Reading List (age 13 and up)

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Read Alike Book Lists

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Mystery Books for Kids

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Where can you start turning in reading log for prizes

It depends on the program but usually, it’s the place you picked up the log.

17 Best Online Summer Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids

17 summer reading challenge ideas & summer reading programs for kids.

Ah, the dog days of summer. Memories of long, luxurious days in the warm sunshine with the pool sparkling and ready. I'm ready for popsicles, watermelon, and a beach vacation. Are you?

The nice thing about a day at the beach, by the pool, or inside with the air conditioner blasting is - they all go very well with a good book, and a summer reading challenge for our kids!

Here are some great ideas for summer reading programs - I hope one or all of them will work for you and your family as they have mine. Enjoy!

Summer Reading Programs

  • Do summer reading programs work?

The dreaded summer reading slide is a big deal and yes - it's a real thing. When kids are not exposed to reading and learning over long breaks of school, such as over the summer months, they can backslide.

But the great thing about the summer months is the amazing amount of great learning opportunity all around you!

When you are on vacation, learn about the places around you. Search for facts about places you haven't been, even in your own hometown.

And of course - READ! Make sure your child's summer is full of reading and great books. This will give your child such a boost in their growth and education.

Here is a video I found on YouTube about a great mom who is not letting her kiddos take a vacation from learning, even though they are on vacation from school!

Planning a summer reading program  

Start in May or earlier to really have a great, solid reading plan in place to make your child's summer reading more successful. But of course, if you are reading this in June or July, just start today!

There are so many options for getting creative with summer reading challenges. You really only have to pick the program (or programs you want to do, print out whatever information is need, and go for it!)

If there are several programs you and your child choose to do, you can either do them at the same time and have books count for the same reading challenges, or plan to work the programs consecutively. You can't go wrong either way!

Don't forget your local public library for the reading programs they will put on, and you can always join or create a Kid's Reading Club too, for some added fun!

Get your Reading Summer Challenge here, plus all kinds of bookish freebies, like Popsicle bookmarks and Fourth of July bookmarks!

Online summer reading programs

I did a little research looking for online programs to get kids reading. Here is a list of options for choosing reading programs, although I'm sure you can find more! Lots of companies host reading programs as an incentive for customers and also to boost communities. 

summer reading incentives

  • Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

The Barnes and Noble Summer Program is a great option to earn a free book! You can fill out this form to earn your book, and then take it into a Barnes and Noble store to redeem.

This is a great way to get your child reading this summer!

- Go here for more details.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

  • Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program from Half Price Books.

Half Price Books has a great 15-minutes-a-day reading program to get kids and teens reading through the summer. Available are reading logs, online storytimes, weekly social giveaways, and free coloring sheets.

- Go here to find out more details.

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain

  • Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Here's a great way to keep kids engaged in summer reading - The Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza! Kids are encouraged to track their reading in a free online Scholastic-provided resource with books, games and events. As kids reach tracking goals, they receive rewards and unlock book donations for others. Double win!

Head here to find out more about this fun program.

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

  • Coaching for Literacy Summer Reading Program

Not only does this one get your kiddo reading, but you are making an impact to increase literacy rates. Coaching for Literacy exists to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and funds for literacy programs serving students in grades K-3. They are connectors bringing individuals closer to the issue of illiteracy, with a core belief that literacy is a fundamental right of every individual. Here are the points to know about their summer reading program..

  • This summer, Coaching for Literacy is challenging readers – young, old and in-between – to push their reading habits by committing to read as many books as they can having started May 31st – September 7th.
  • Readers are invited to ask friends and family to support them by pledging per book read or by making a donation. This campaign is free and fundraising is optional.
  • Everyone who signs up to challenge their reading habits automatically gets entered into a drawing for a Barnes & Noble gift card. PLUS, every 2 books a reader completes throughout the summer, their name automatically gets re-entered into the drawing!
  • Every donation made will be matched 3x up to $5,000!
  • Readers can join at any time and do not have to commit to the entire summer.

Go here to find out more.

summer reading incentives

  • Join the Ultimate Book Adventure

Want your child to be independently reading? Then sign him up for this Ultimate Book Adventure - virtual delights await with this fun, free program.

Sort of a fun "gaming system" where kids who read at home log their reading, take little quizzes and make their way further into the game. A great positive reinforcement platform for encouraging kids to read. I particularly like the "virtual reading pet". Looks fun!

Book Adventure

  • Broncos Bookworms Summer Reading Program

Calling all football fans! The Denver Broncos have a fun summer reading program where kids get to log 10 books they read over the summer in their playbook.

Rewards include a certificate, bookmark, attendance at an event at Empower Field, plus other prize possibilities, presented by IHOP!

Broncos Bookworms

  • Read Your Way to Fenway

Or.. maybe you are a Boston Red Sox fan? If you live in the area, or are traveling to the Boston area this summer, check out this deal for kids to read books and earn the chance to be entered into a drawing to win tickets to a baseball game!

This is a golden opportunity for baseball fans. Details look to be released in June.

Go here to find out more at the Boston Public Library.

Read your way to Fenway

  • Books A Million Summer Reading Adventures

You know those funny Dog Man and Captain Underpants books that kids love? Well, last year the author Dave Pilkey teamed up with Books A Million to get kids reading in summertime. It will be interesting to see what they come up with in the summer of 2021~

Books A Million Summer Reading Program

  • HEBuddy Summer Reading Club

I think you can do this one, even if you aren't from the great state of Texas! 

Use the available reading log on their website to record 10 books that your child reads, mail it in and get an awesome t-shirt!

Go here for more info.

HEBuddy Summer Reading Club

  • SYNC Summer Audiobooks for Teens

For teens ages 13+, this fun program gets teens reading with one free audiobook a week. That is a GREAT deal!

Go here to sign up and get more info.

SYNC summer audiobooks for teens

  • Showcase Cinema Bookworm Wednesdays

If you live near or will be by a Showcase Cinema, check out their Bookworm Wednesdays! Kids can show up with a written book report on Wednesdays to get a free movie ticket.

Movie lovers, this one is perfect for you!

Showcase Cinema Bookworm Wednesdays

  • Free Online Outschool Summer Camps

Consider these amazing virtual (and free!) summer camps for your kids. There are just a ton to look over, and find out which one would fit your child.

This is a great way to keep learning over the summer, and to have fun doing it. 

Outschool Summer Camp

  • Lifeway Summer Reading Program

Get a free Bible and a free book with this summer reading program! 

Check out the page to find out when they update information for 2021.

Lifeway Summer Reading Program

  • DOGObooks Summer Reading Adventure

This fun website is all about kids reading books and giving kid's book reviews. Join in on the fun by reading books, and giving as many book reviews as you can to be eligible to receive prizes.

Go here to find out more info.

Dogobooks Summer Reading Program

  • Reading Horizons Summer Reading

Check out the Reading Horizons summer reading program! Perfect for not only beginning readers, but older readers. Also great for anyone who struggles with reading to learn how or focus on strengthening skills.

Information for 2021 yet to be posted, but keep this page bookmarked for info soon!

reading horizons summer reading program

  • The Pizza Hut Book It Program

This program has been around for many years - I can even remember working on getting my pizza coupon as a kid back in the 80's! So you know it's a good program - and let's face it - pizza will never go out of style.

I'm calling this one a bonus because it's actually a Spring and Fall program. They also have a "Give Me 20" program for early readers to look into.

Go here to find out more about this deal.

Book It! Pizza Hut Reading Program

  • Braums Book Buddy Reading Program

Not a summer program, but a school-year program, like the Pizza Hut Book-It, the Braums Book Buddy Program is a great idea to keep kids reading, providing wonderful goal incentives to get lots of reading in, and being proud of book-reading accomplishments.

A great way to read good books, and enjoy up to 6 ice cream treats while doing it!

Go here for more info about the Braums Book Buddy Program.

Braums Book Buddy Reading Progrm

  • Local summer reading programs

Want to find a local summer reading challenge idea or program? Head over to your local public library to see what is available (or look for them online), or you can even Google it.

I can almost guarantee that your local library is going to have something fun planned for the summer, even if it is digital only!

Type it into the search bar of Google, check the map below, or click here >> Summer Reading Programs Near Me

More fun summer reading ideas:

~~ Reading Rewards Chart - Monthly Rewards Charts for the year!

~~ 1 2 Ways and Benefits of Reading with your Child - A Parent's MUST-READ!

  • Summer reading challenge ideas

Come up with your own incentives at home to make up your own reading challenges, and/or try some of the local or online reading programs that you can find!

  • Summer reading challenge printable

Come up with a challenge for your kiddo that is tailored to what she might like. Put up a reading chart or some kind of incentive to have a goal for reading a certain number of books or amounts of time.

The Great Summer Reading Challenge that I put together is sort of an "all the places you can read" challenge. It's free! Just print it out, tweak it, and use it to motivate your reader. That link signs you up for all sorts of free bookish goodies for your kids.

Great Summer Reading Challenge

I also found a few other fun printable reading challenges for you! Check out:

25 Day Reading Challenge for Kids

Summer Reading Challenge

Highlights Summer Reading Bingo

Get your creative juices flowing to come up with your own ideas for a summer reading program!

As you can see there are lots of options that you can use for your own to create a reading program for your child. You can make one up at home, tape it onto the fridge and go for it, you can join online programs that help kids make great reading progress, or you can join local programs in your own community!

Whatever you choose for your summer reading challenges, be sure to MAKE IT FUN!

Let me know what your summer reading goals are in the comments and remember to download your Great Summer Reading Challenge printable for FREE!

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Best 2023 Reading Rewards Programs for Kids

2023 Reading Rewards

Although our kids are doing a little schoolwork through the summer, their lessons are relaxed enough to allow for lots of extra-curricular reading . That’s why summer book clubs are always popular at our house. Keep reading for our complete list of the best reading reward programs out there for kids, newly updated for 2022.

Kids earn freebies by reading — all year long

With as little as 15-30 minutes of reading a day, children can earn a treasure trove of free prizes this summer, including:

  • free books from Barnes & Noble
  • free movie tickets to Showcase Cinemas
  • game tokens from Chuck E. Cheese
  • $5 in bookworm bucks to spend at Half-Price Books
  • free ice cream from Braums
  • free pizza from Pizza Hut
  • lots more free stuff from local businesses and public libraries
  • free water bottle from Books-a-Million
  • $10 gift card to Timberdoodle

These reading rewards will inspire your child to curl up with some good books all year long. I’ve listed them in alphabetical order for easy reference. Read carefully, then follow links to sign up.

Some of the programs are only offered during the summer months. Others are valid year round. A few require early registration. (If you’re too late to register this year, mark your calendar now so you won’t miss signing up next.)

If you know of any reading rewards program I’ve missed, please let me know in the comment section below. I’d love to add it to my list. Thanks!

Best 2023 Reading Reward Programs for Kids

Barnes & noble – free children’s book.

Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a free age-appropriate book this summer when they read eight (choose your favorite prize book from a predetermined list). Download a reading journal to get started! The journal is also available in Spanish .

Younger children can download this passport to reading and collect stickers by attending B&N story times. Bonus: Your child can get even more prizes by joining B&N Kids Club .

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Timberdoodle – Free $10 gift card

One of my favorite companies of all-time is sponsoring a brand new family reading program this year where each family gets to choose their challenge. To participate, simply choose one of the three challenges below:

1) STEM Reading Challenge: read 20 books consisting of five from each of the four different STEM subject areas 2) Read-Across-the-USA Challenge: read 20 books, each set in a different state, or 3) Read-Around-the-World Challenge: read 20 books, each set in a different country

Families who successfully complete any one of these challenges will get $10 in store credit to spend on whatever they like. They will also be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card to Timberdoodle.

You have until Monday, September 4, to finish, so better get reading! But first, visit Timberdoodle to download a free reading log.

A reading challenge ebook is also available to purchase for those who’d like a suggested reading list (organized by STEM subject).

Timberdoodle 2023 Reading Challenge

Books-a-Million – Free Water Bottle

Read any 4 books from BAM’s summer adventure reading section in-store or online. Record the title and author in BAM’s summer reading notebook . Then redeem your completed log at your local Books-a-Million store for your reading reward — a free water bottle.

Books-a-Million Summer Reading Adventure

Braum’s Book Buddy Program – Free ice cream

Children in grades 1-5 can earn an ice cream treat for every six books they read. The program provides reading logs with fun stickers for tracking progress. Kit includes coupons for two free cones, two free sundaes, and two free frozen yogurts. The prizes are to be earned during the school year, but the coupons are good through June 30. Enrollment for the coming school year will open August 1. For more information, follow this link or write: Braum’s Book Buddy Reading Program/ PO Box 25429/ OKC, OK 73125.

Braum's Book Buddy Reading Program

Chuck E. Cheese – Free game tokens

Kids can earn 10 free game tokens from Chuck E Cheese by reading every day for two weeks. These rewards are available all year long, with a limit of one reward certificate per day per child. Visit their website to find charts for helping your kids establish other good habits , as well.

Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards 2022

Family Reading Club – Design your own program

You might consider hosting a “Family Reading Club” during the months of summer. Help foster in your children a continued love and preference for reading. This is a fun alternative to traditional clubs, especially if your children have grown too old to participate in the other programs.

Print reading logs for each of member of your family. Kids keep track of minutes or pages read, and parents determine the prizes. Follow this link for more ideas for making summer reading fun. And for great book recommendations (plus another fun printable), follow this link: Summer ABC Reading Challenge

Free Printable Reading Log

Half-Price Books – Enter for chance to win prizes

Half-Price Books has completely revamped their Summer Reading Program this year. Kids can still earn $5 in bookworm bucks for reading, but you’ll need to register online , then visit the store to pick up a reading map and get further details.

Half-Price Books Summer Reading 2022

HEB Grocery Stores – Cool Prize

HEB Summer Reading Program

Local Public Libraries – Programs and prizes vary

Many Public Libraries offer all sorts of programs aimed at fostering in kids a love for books and reading, including book clubs with prizes, weekly story times, guest lectures and performances, craft days, tea parties, and fun family-friendly films.

For those of you who are local, you should check out all the great programs being offered by Tyler Public Library this summer, including their 1KB4K (1000 Books before Kindergarten) program and prizes. Others can follow this link to find a library near you and learn what programs are available in your area.

Library

Pizza Hut’s Book-It Program – Free pizza

Children can earn a free personal pan pizza by completing Pizza Hut’s Summer Reading Challenge . Visit their website to download free reading logs, book marks, door hangers, book plates, and lots of free printable activity pages for kids.

Pizza Hut also sponsors a reading program through the school year called “Book It.” Children who meet their monthly reading goals earn free personal pan pizzas to celebrate. This program is also open to homeschoolers. Enroll by September 1 for the upcoming school year by filling out this form .

Pizza Hut Book It Reading Program

The Rusty Bucket – Free Kid’s Meal

Kids who read five books can earn a free kids meal. Sadly, there are no Rusty Bucket restaurants in Texas, but you can find them in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Earn Reading Rewards from The Rusty Bucket

Showcase Cinemas – Free movie admission

Bookworm Wednesdays are normally held in July, so I don’t yet know how COVID regulations are going to affect it. In the past, kids who brought a book report with them to select Showcase Cinemas could exchange it for a free admission ticket. Check your local theater in July to see if they plan to host Bookworm Wednesdays this summer.

Showcase Cinema

Book-loving moms deserve freebies, too!

Reading rewards aren’t just for kids! I’m a bit of a bookworm and love freebies, too. If you feel the same way, you’ll want to make note of the following offers:

  • My Reader Rewards – Earn points for completing a variety of easy tasks (sharing tweets, answering polls, joining email lists). Exchange points for free books and Bibles. It’s fast and easy. You can purchase books with as few as 10 points. Use my referral link , and you’ll earn your first 25 points just for signing up!
  • More Free Books – Here are a few more of my favorite sources for free books , whether you prefer print, digital, or audio.
  • Reading Challenge for All Ages – Download our this free printable and challenge your spouse or child(ren) to see which of you can read a book from all twenty-six categories first. There’s one for each letter of the alphabet.

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Good list but you should check out Read Patrol. They’re kind of new but they make super fun reading kits for daily reading rewards and incentive. We’ve had really great results using it with our reluctant reader!

Thanks for the tip, Emily. I’ll check into that.

Tyndale has a reading program that looks fun. The kids have to fill out a Bingo card with titles of books they’ve read. The prize is a book from Tyndale house.

Thanks so much for letting me know, Cari. I’ll update my listing to include that one, as well!

Can you tell me what your reward system is for summer reading. I know you record the time, but I can’t remember how much they earn for what amount of time. This year the library is only allowing four sheets to be filled in for prizes (and of course some prizes require two sheets). After that, they can fill out a sheet and have their name go in for a weekly drawing. Not much incentive, so I think we will add our own….

Hi, Kimberly.

When they were younger, I paid the children in “mommy money” for the summer reading they did, then allowed them to redeem their earnings for prizes that I’d bought at garage sales and affixed new “prices” to. I selected things I knew each one might like, but sometimes they’d decide to try for the same prize and would have to race to see who could earn enough to “buy” it first. In the very beginning, when Jonathan and Bethany were just beginning to read, we counted books instead of time, and I paid maybe a nickel or dime per written “book report” (they’d copy title and author onto a round piece of paper and write a sentence about their favorite part of the story). Each report formed a segment of a “bookworm”, which we taped to the wall over their beds, where they could watch them “grow”. That worked well, too.

For the past several years, I’ve given our kids 20 hour reading logs and paid $1 per hour (of which they can actually spend only 50%, as 40% goes to college savings and 10% to church). Our older kids are also very incentivized by a great website called Library Thing, which allows them record and rate all the books they’ve read. They’ve been “building their libraries” ever since we dicovered this service, which will keep track of up to 200 books for free. Once you read more than that, you must pay a small, one-time fee (I think it’s about $25), and they’ll let you expand your library without limit.

Hope that helps!

The rusty bucket also has a program that if a child reads 5 books they get a free meal!

That looks terrific, Maggie. Thanks for letting me know. I’ve added it to our list!

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The Scholastic Summer Reading Promise

We know summertime can provide tremendous opportunities for kids to accelerate reading, to experience the social-emotional impact of good literature and stories, and to make up for any lost learning time as access to instruction and reading has had to be completely rethought due to the pandemic. Research has proven that in a typical year, summer reading supports skill gains, and its absence leads to widening skill gaps.  With this in mind, our Scholastic Summer Reading Promise is to help you get books in the hands of kids, support social-emotional well-being, build skills and create community among kids.

Scholastic’s work with all of our partners has changed dramatically this past year, reflecting the dedication of school leaders, teachers and families to address the needs of children in the face of great challenges. Together, we found new ways to get millions of books to children who were unable to attend schools while also supporting remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. We would like to use our proven summer reading resources combined with these learnings to ensure that your children have opportunities for reading acceleration, gain motivation and experience the confidence that reading success brings.  Explore this site to learn more and you can also call us at: 1-800-SCHOLASTIC

A Fun, Free and Safe Program for Kids

From monday, april 26 to friday, september 3 kids can participate in the scholastic summer reading program where they will be encouraged to read, celebrate their achievements and help increase access to books for their peers..

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With a Summer Reading Book Fair, parents get to fuel their children’s love of reading and also help raise critical funds for books and resources that will benefit their school. We know how busy you are during a normal year, so we created a book fair that’s easy to arrange and easy to host—with some summer flair. 

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For children, summer signals the long-awaited freedom from school and learning. But it also means a long break from developing important literacy skills . Enter summer reading programs.

“Reading over the summer not only helps kids academically, but it also connects the experience to recreation and discovery, empowering children to benefit from and enjoy the practice for a lifetime,” says Deimosa Webber-Bey, the director of information services and cultural insight at Scholastic.

Many children like to read during the summer, according to the "Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report." Per the same research, though, there is a 40% and 28% decline in reading over the summer in kids ages 8 and 9, respectively.

"Fun experiences with reading during the summer will emphasize that it is a year-round activity," Webber-Bey says. Summer reading programs are a way to make reading fun and keep kids engaged.

The first key reason to have your kids participate in a summer reading program is to help them keep their skills up. “Reading over the summer helps prevent 'summer slide' and keeps kids from losing the progress they’ve made with their reading skills during the school year,” says Farouqua Abuzeit, youth services manager at the Boston Public Library.

It also teaches them that reading can be fun, not just something they have to do because their teacher said so. “It is an opportunity for kids to select their own books and read for pleasure and to explore informational texts that are of personal interest,” Abuzeit adds.

A lot of the time, this means they engage with the books more. Webber-Bey says that 89% of kids often find their favorite books are books they chose to read themselves, and 70% of kids who love reading over the summer agree that it's because they can choose the reading material.

“Providing kids ages 5 to 12 with access to a wide range of reading materials by visiting libraries and bookstores, parents modeling how they discover new titles, and kids participating in summer reading programs, allows children to find the characters, stories, and books that they will love for a lifetime," Webber-Bey adds.

Despite the fact that reading is an essentially solo activity, there’s also the social aspect of summer reading programs. “Participating with other people is fun and a way to connect over shared interests,” says Abuzeit. “The same ways that adults enjoy book discussion groups and exploring library programs are ways that kids can make connections and find community.”

Summer Reading Programs for Your Kid to Join

There are plenty of nationwide programs that younger children can participate in, many of them for free! Whether you’re looking to incentivize your kids to read more books , encourage them to learn about new topics, or give them a chance to talk about books and reading with their peers and their community, we’ve rounded up some of the best programs for you.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal

The Barnes & Noble summer reading program asks children in grades one through six to read any eight books between July 1 and August 31. They then record them in their journal, adding their favorite part about the book and why. Once complete, you bring the completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store in exchange for a free book from the predetermined list.

Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base

The virtual Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base program gives children the chance to read books and participate in activities with children across the country. The free program is moderated by Scholastic Home Base. Kids can join a community of readers, attend author events virtually, and discover new books. Their participation can even help support a donation of 100,000 books by Save the Children , a nonprofit, to kids in rural America.

Children also have the ability to earn trophies, virtual items, and in-game tokens as they read, making the experience into a game to keep them engaged.

Reading Is Fundamental Summer Reading Road Trip

Your kids can join the literacy nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) on a six-week summer reading road trip across the country. Each week your child will visit a different state by reading one or more books about or related to that state. RIF offers book recommendations for each destination, plus a downloadable bingo card and road trip map that will help them track their progress.

Many of the recommended books are available through Skybrary , RIF’s digital ebook service. You can start a one-month free trial and then get 20% off for summer, reducing the $4.99 monthly or $39.99 annual subscription that provides access to over 1,000 ebooks.

Public Library Programs

Local public libraries almost all run summer reading programs for children in the community, complete with activities, incentives, storytimes, and more. Many use the resources provided by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), which offers tools and programming for local librarians. Check your local library’s website for more information on the program available in your community.

Books-A-Million Summer Reading Adventure

Similar to the Barnes & Noble program, the BAM! Summer Reading Adventure hosted by Books-A-Million (BAM!) asks children to read four books from the Summer Reading Adventure section in stores or on their website. Kids keep record of the books they've read in a printable logbook along with their favorite character and favorite part of the story. Then if you bring the completed logbook to a BAM! Store, you can receive a free bookmark and pencil pouch.

Camp BOOK IT!

Created by Pizza Hut, Camp BOOK IT! is an online program for kids in pre-K through sixth grade utilizes a digital dashboard in which parents can set monthly reading goals and track their children’s progress. When they reach their monthly goals they will receive a gift certificate for a free one-topping personal pizza from Pizza Hut.

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays

For kids who adore watching TV and movies, this program from Showcase Cinemas may just the ticket to getting them addicted to reading as well. If they read a book, complete an Official Book Report Entry Form (which includes the title and author of the book and a brief description of the story), and bring it to a Showcase Cinema, Multiplex Cinema, or Cinema de Lux on a Wednesday in July, they are rewarded with free admission to a movie. As a bonus, parents or guardians and children under six who accompany the reader receive free admission, too!

How to Create Your Own Summer Reading Program

For parents who would rather make summer reading a more personal or family-centric endeavor, there are plenty of ways to do so.

“Families can select books to read aloud together, regardless of whether the children can read independently,” suggests Abuzeit. “Setting a goal of reading a certain number of books in a series, having family members each have a turn in selecting titles that will be read aloud, and having family members report out on the books they are reading on their own can be great ways to maximize summer reading enjoyment.”

If you are planning a summer road trip, select an audiobook or audiobooks to listen to in the car. “Selecting a theme that ties into the family’s summer plans can give some structure to the summer,” adds Abuzeit. “Reading nonfiction books about gardening, collecting seashells, getting a new puppy, or traveling allows kids to see the value of reading for information.”

For parents who want to set reading goals for their kids to work towards, Abuzeit suggests sharing titles on social media, keeping track with a list, or using an app like Beanstack to track reading time and compile a list of completed books.

A Word From Verywell

Seeking out a summer reading program for your child to participate in can be educational, rewarding, and fun. Indeed, the goal of any summer reading program is to get kids excited about the opportunities and worlds that exist in the pages of books. The program that does that the best for you, whether it's one you create or one you participate in, is the one that will be right for you.

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When I was in elementary school, the end of the school year brought many exciting events. There were class picnics, field day, and my absolute favorite event: the roll out of the absolute best summer reading programs. At the last library class of the year, our wonderful librarian would introduce our summer reading books. Balancing a stack of library bound chapter books in one hand, and holding a book open with the other, she delivered a short blurb for each book. Somehow, she made each book sound more appealing than the one before. I sat on the edge of my chair and wrote down such titles as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler , Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry , and Redwall . As an adult, I still wish that same school librarian would curate a stack of books for my summer reading.

Summer reading is a fun, rewarding, and important part of summer vacation. Reading during the summer helps combat the “summer slide” or loss of reading skills that many students experience when not in the classroom. This year especially, with the school year cut short or modified, summer reading is more important than ever.

To motivate your child and to make reading more exciting, I have put together a list of 2020’s best summer reading programs, challenges, and book logs.

Public Library Summer Reading Programs

If you are interested in a summer reading program, try your local library first. Many libraries are moving their programs online this summer. Need help finding the library closest to you? Check out LibWeb.org for a searchable database of libraries worldwide.

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Scholastic summer read-a-palooza.

Scholastic is providing students of all ages an exciting at-home reading challenge. Through their safe, free, and fun online destination Home Base, kids can log in and track their reading streaks, earn special rewards, and even donate books to kids across the United States. One feature that I like about this program is that children document their “reading streaks,” or consecutive days that they log into Home Base, instead of counting pages or minutes of reading.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program and Give-Away

Kids in grades 1–6 can simply read eight books and earn a free book from any participating Barnes and Noble. Students need to print out the Barnes and Noble Journal, record eight books, write a sentence about their favorite part, and then bring their journal to Barnes and Noble between July 1st and August 31st to choose a free book. I’m hoping they make an adult version of this program!

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

Kids can read for 15 minutes a day to feed their brains and have the chance to win weekly prizes from Half Price Books. This year, their summer reading program moves online. Children need to print, fill out the daily reading log, and then share it by tagging @halfpricebooks and using the hashtag #FeedYourBrain for a chance to win summer reading prizes! HPB.com will also share weekly reading tips, recommendations, and virtual story times. They also encourage very young readers to take part in this challenge by logging the minutes that adults read to them.

Sync Audiobooks for Teens

Sync is a free summer audiobook program for teens. They can access Sync through mobile phones or any device that supports the Sora app by OverDrive. Sync features diverse authors from many different cultures. It also encourages teens to listen to books while working out, completing chores around the house, driving, and even while waiting in line.

Book It Summer Reading Program

The Book It Summer Reading Program moves online this summer. Parents simply sign up for weekly emails and Book It sends summer reading activity ideas, author spotlights, and tips for encouraging summer reading to their inboxes.

Books-A-Million Summer Reading Adventure

This summer, Books-A-Million teams us with Dog Man author Dav Pilkey for a summer reading adventure. Kids can choose four books from the Summer Reading Adventure section either in the store or online. Then, they write about the books in the Summer Reading Adventure Log Book. Finally, they show their completed log to a Books-A-Million employee to receive a free Dog Man baseball cap.

At-Home Summer Reading Challenges

Free summer reading log: printable genre challenge.

Visit Edventures with Kids to download the free summer reading log. This log is unique because it encourages children to read books from many different genres including animal fiction, biography, and historical fiction. After completing the challenge, maybe your child will find a new favorite genre to explore!

#StayHome Reading Bingo Card

Families who wish to stay home this summer can print out this reading bingo card. Kids can complete a reading challenge and then color the corresponding square. Squares include such awesome challenges as read about another country, read in a tent, and read about a famous woman in history. After that, it is up to each family how they want to use the completed bingo cards. Kids could trade them in for reading rewards, new books, activities, or other incentives.

A Summer Reading Challenge to Avoid the Summer Slide

Print off this creative summer reading challenge to help kids avoid the dreaded summer slide. I like this chart because it not only suggests different types of books for kids to read, but also includes fun ways to do it. On one side of the chart, the author lists different types of books and media including menus, magazines, and joke books. In the second column, she offers such ideas as read to a pet, read to a baby, and read with a flashlight. Kids will not only love seeing all of the different types of text to read over the summer, but will also enjoy reading in so many creative ways.

Children’s Summer Reading Challenge for Picky Readers

Children’s author Julie Stroebel Baricello offers a summer reading challenge for picky readers. She noticed that many children (and adults) read the same genre over and over. Some kids read strictly novels while others only read fantasy. With her summer reading challenge, she encourages children to expand their reading palate. She lists 30 reading challenges and suggests that readers create their own challenge by choosing a number to complete—from five challenges to all 30. In the challenge, she includes many diverse categories and encourages children to read a book with a character who is a minority, a book set in another country, and a graphic novel.

A Reading Log Kids Can Color

Some readers become very bogged down with filling out reading logs. Even voracious readers can tire quickly of always writing down the titles, authors, and favorite parts of the books they read. This reading log is a nice change from the more traditional one. It is comprised of three shelves with ten blanks books each. After a child reads a book, he or she simply colors in the spine. This is a great reading log to tape to the refrigerator or hang where a child can easily color a book after finishing it. As someone who does not enjoy logging my reads, I’m tempted to print this one out for myself!

Read Every Day Summer Reading Log

This is another simple reading log that encourages kids to color in books once they finish reading. Instead of focusing on how many books children read, this one suggests that they color in a book each day that they read for at least 15 minutes. Very cute calendars are included for June, July, and August.

Ready? Set? Now go and begin your summer reading challenge in 2020!

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Nearly  100 percent of public libraries use incentives in their summer reading programs, according to SLJ's survey. Still, respondents had a lot to say about prizes as well as what motivates kids to read over vacation.

With summer approaching, many public libraries are about to look like an annual school tricky tray. Prizes, baskets of books, coupons for local businesses, and more will be on display to draw in young patrons. It’s all part of their summer reading programs. According to SLJ’s Summer Reading/Summer Learning Survey, incentives are a huge part of summer reading programs.

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“For kids who already like reading, and who may not be athletically inclined, the prizes are a nice reward for a skill that often gets overlooked,” Keri Weston-Stoll, youth services librarian at Waukee (IA) Public Library. “For kids who don't already enjoy reading, I have had several parents tell me that having the prizes helped motivate their children and that their children are less reluctant to read by the end of the program. Some parents have even continued the program on their own with personal family goal incentives in their own homes.”

Weston-Stoll is among the 83 percent of respondents who said they believed incentive items motivate kids to read. Books were the most common prize offered, at 84 percent. The objection seems to come most toward the “junk” prizes, such as toys or stuffed animals. Even when libraries give away books, not everyone is happy to admit that incentive programs work.

“I wish it wasn't the case” that libraries feel obliged to use incentives, said Lee Dorsey Hope, head of children’s services at the Chattanooga (TN) Public Library.

Still, those who argue against offering prizes say they often work to bring families into the library to sign up for the summer program. They also get students who aren’t avid readers to participate. Drawing families to the library is clearly important.

As for getting students who normally don’t read to pick up a book to do so, well, librarian Molly Kane doesn’t believe that a reading log proves that is happening.

“I honestly think that everyone (but a very few select kids and families) lies on their reading logs,” said Kane, head of teen services and emerging technology at the Upper Dublin Public Library in Fort Washington, PA. “The prizes get the kids/families into the library where they participate in activities as well as check out items. The prizes do absolutely nothing to motivate them to read, because it's all on the honor system anyway.”

Of course, in the best-case scenario, the prizes are forgotten and the books will get read.

“I found at the end of the program, children found reading for themselves fun and didn't consider the prizes for reading,” Tammy Batschelet, children’s librarian in Dare County Library in Manteo, NC. “It was awesome!”

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I remember when I was growing up doing a reading rewards program to get a free ticket to a waterpark. I was always so excited to complete the reading challenge and get that ticket I worked so hard for.

As a mom, I love finding these fun programs for my kids to participate in during the summer and during the school year.

Summer reading programs are a great way to keep kids reading and learning during the summer. Many summer reading programs have a rewards system so kids earn prizes for meeting reading goals.

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We always love participating in summer reading rewards programs it helps us be sure to spend time reading during the summer. Plus the kids love getting prizes for reading.

Today I’m sharing some summer reading rewards programs that can help your kids get excited about reading.

What are Reading Rewards Programs

Reading incentive programs often called reading rewards programs are a fun way to encourage kids to spend more time reading. These programs are often offered by local libraries, businesses, banks, and sports teams.

Some of these programs are specifically for the summer months to help prevent the summer slide. While others are year-round programs designed to help kids develop a lifelong love of reading.

How to Find Reading Incentive Programs for Kids

Talking to parents, teachers, and businesses in your area is a great way to find out about special events and programs for kids. Social media especially local parenting groups and pages are another great way to find out about reading programs.

Also be sure to check local banks, sports teams, and libraries for reading programs. In our area, there are also a couple of toy stores that have fun reading clubs and do story times for young readers throughout the year.

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In this post, I’m excited to share with you some awesome reading incentive programs I know about for elementary students (and beyond). Some of these programs are year-round, others are summer reading programs and a few of them are designed for elementary schools during the school year.

I’m going to break up the reading rewards programs into two different sections Summer Reading Programs and Reading Programs (everything but summer-only programs).

First up since it’s almost summer as I’m writing this post let’s look at summer reading programs!

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Scholastic Summer Reading

The Scholastic summer reading program has grown and changed over the years. Currently, the program offers an online reading log, activities, and digital rewards to kids who keep a reading streak.

You can find the details about the reading program on the scholastic website. The program usually starts in May and goes through August.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program for Kids

The Barns and Noble Summer reading program is for kids in grades 1 through 6. Print out the reading journal and then write down the designated number of books you read this summer and fill in the reading journal.

Once the journal is complete take the finished journal to your local Barnes and Noble store to get a free book (the new book is limited to select titles). Find out more about the program and get your printable reading journal here .

Pizza Hut Reading Program

What kid doesn’t love pizza? The pizza hut Camp Book It! reading program is one of my kid’s favorites. Parents of kids in preschool through sixth grade (ages 4-12) can enroll their children in the summer reading program.

Use the online tools to track and reward your children’s reading. Your child can earn a free one-topping personal pan pizza in June, July, and August for completing reading goals. Sign up for the pizza hut program here .

Books A Million Reading Adventure

The books a million reading program hasn’t been updated for this year yet. In past years the program involved reading any 4 books from the Summer Reading Adventure section and writing about them in your summer reading log.

After completing the reading log show the logbook at your local books a million store to get a prize. Check out the  Books A Million Website  for details. (this program hasn’t been updated for 2024 yet)

Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese has a number of  Reward s Calendars you can use to help your kids with different things like doing chores or reading. Simply print off the rewards calendar you want and mark off the days with a pen or sticker when your child meets their goal.

Take the completed 2-week calendar to your local Chuck E. Cheese and get 10 free play points (which used to be free tokens). Playing with the play points kids can earn digital tickets and trade them in for fun prizes.

*You must make a food purchase to get the free play points.

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Local Library

Don’t forget to check your public library to see if they have a summer reading rewards program!

Many libraries have reading programs for all ages including elementary, middle school, and high school students. Our library summer reading program has an awesome program with weekly rewards, many of which are to local businesses.

Plus don’t forget to ask your local librarian for a suggested reading list many libraries have grade-level book lists with multiple book titles to choose from.

Showcase Cinemas

Bookworm Wednesdays  at Showcase Cinemas entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating box office.

Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report.

The H-E-Buddy Reading Club is a free summer reading program for kids in Texas in elementary and middle schools ages 3-12. Kids read 10 books (one title must be a read 3 book listed on the website).

After reading each book kids must write it in a reading log along with an adult’s initials to get credit. Once the reading log is complete mail it in for a special prize. Get the reading log and details here .

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Half Price Books

Half Price Books Summer Reading Camp is a free summer program where you get free downloads and printable booklists, crafts, activities, and coloring pages. Sign up for the program here it starts in June.

Reading with the Rays

Reading with the Tampa Bay Rays Summer reading program will be updated for summer and start May 26, 2024 check here for details.

Create a Summer Reading Rewards Program For Kids

There are several different ways you can create a summer reading rewards program for your kids. Just take a look at Pinterest if you need some inspiration.

A fast and easy way to create the program is using a printable summer reading rewards chart . Simply decide your prizes and add them into the chart and you’re ready to get started.

Start a Summer Reading Club

Get together with other parents in your area and create a summer reading club for your kids. The club could meet a couple of times during the summer to do book-based activities and let kids talk about their favorite book.

You could also offer a prize to reward kids that read a set number of pages or minutes during the summer. You could even have a prize for the kid with the most reading minutes if you want.

The best part about creating your own summer reading club is you can create fun book adventures for your children and their friends any way you want.

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School Year / Year Round Reading Programs for Kids

These reading programs are for schools, homeschools or parents but aren’t specifically summer reading programs.

Splash Summit

The Splash Summit reading program is for kids in Utah elementary schools. To get a free waterpark admission kids must complete the required 500 minutes of reading.

This program usually starts in the early spring typically in March. Print the reader packet here.

iPlay America

iPlay America in New Jersey has a kid’s book club you can join. Kids read 5 books and get a free iRide Plus Pass. Forms and details about the program can be found here.

Braum’s

Braum’s Book Buddy reading incentive program is a free program for students in 1st through 5th grades located near a Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store. There are store locations throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas.

The program starts in October and goes through the school year. Students can earn up to 6 ice cream treats per school year. Homeschool and public school groups can join the program, but only one representative for each school may apply (so not each individual classroom teacher can apply). Enroll in the program here.

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Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn Waves of pages reading program is a fun program to supplement the school-wide reading incentive program.

The program for students in kindergarten through 5th grade rewards students’ hard work with free waterpark admission for reading for 10 hours during the 10-week program.

Registration for this program opens in the fall so be sure to check the waves of pages webpage in August/September.

Roaring Springs

The Roaring Springs waterpark in Idaho has a fun Roaring Readers program for kids. Registration for the program is in December and is open to public schools and homeschools.

To get a free waterpark ticket students must complete the required minutes of recreational reading. Join the program here.

Create Your Own Reading Programs

Along with all of these fun reading rewards programs from different companies, you can also create your own reading rewards program for your kids to enjoy.

The best part about creating your own program is that you can set the requirements and the prizes. You could have prizes for a set number of books read, or your child could get a prize when a new reading milestone is reached.

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One of my favorite ways to do a reading program is to set monthly reading goals and then at the end of the month, the kids get a prize, often an outing or adventure.

The best part of creating your own reading program is that it can be for any age, not just specific grade levels. Plus you can keep the reading program going all year long to give your kids a little motivation to spend time reading.

Grab my Summer Reading Bundle here.

No Longer Continued Summer Reading Rewards Programs

These are summer reading rewards programs that haven’t been updated in a couple of years.

I haven’t been able to find any recent information about them but it might still be worth looking into and contacting them if they are in your local area.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Six Flags Read to Succeed  is a program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket to Six Flags. The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost. It’s available for both traditional schools and homeschools.

Sadly I haven’t found any current information about the six flags read to succeed program. It looks like the program may have been discontinued.

Cap Com Federal Credit Union

Kids in grades Kindergarten through grade 12 can earn up to $10 ($2 per book) during the Fall, Winter, and Summer Programs ($30 per year).

Joining this reward program isn’t location-specific but you must have an active Youth Account. So this program will most likely work best for those local to the credit union in the New York area. Get all the details here.

The Cap Com Federal Credit Union website has been updated and I can no longer find details about this program. But it would be worth asking about it if you bank there.

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club

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Pottery Barn kid’s story time programs are run year-round and after attending 5 events you will get a special surprise. At our Pottery Barn after getting 5 stamps in your book, you get $10 off any item in the store.

I can’t find anything about the story time program since the event was stopped in 2020. Be sure to check the pottery barn kids website and social media posts to see if they start the program again. You could also ask about it at your local store .

Amazon Summer Reading Challenge

In the past the Amazon Summer Reading Challenge worked by having kids read 7 books and once completed they got a certificate and a National Geographic Kids book. I haven’t seen any updates on this program since 2021.

Subway Reading Incentive Program

It has been several years since I have found anything about this reading rewards program. So it looks like it has been discontinued.

More Fun Ways To Keep Kids Learning This Summer

Summer reading programs are a great way to keep kids learning during the summer. A couple of other fun educational activities I like to do with my kids during the summer include:

ABC Mouse and Adventure Academy – these educational apps are perfect for making screen time educational. I personally love having these apps for my kids to play when we are traveling (road trip or flying).

50 States Unit Study – We are having a lot of fun learning about different states with worksheets, activities, crafts and food. You can see what we did for our study of Utah here .

Stack the States 2 – this is one of my kids favorite games to play on the iPad and it’s educational fun for the whole family.

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2024 Fun & Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Summer is the perfect opportunity to jump-start your kids’ interest in reading or keep them reading. See this year’s current reading programs.

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Summer is the perfect opportunity to jump-start your kids’ interest in reading or keep them reading if it’s something they already enjoy. Summer reading programs are plenty, so you’ve got lots of incentives out there in the form of prizes and awards to keep your kids interested.

Reading not only keeps them interested in books, but it will give them some downtime to relax and curl up with a good book.

PLUS… this quiet time will help you (My Favorite Part). Maybe you can clean the house for a few minutes or even cook dinner. Sounds great, right? Reading programs are a bonus for everyone. Time to get your kids signed up today.

Below you’ll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids’ free stuff like free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more. Plus, don’t forget to check out your  local library . I know ours offers a great program we take part in every year.

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(Upstate New York, Sayre, PA & Connecticut only). Select locations offer a reading-focused reward program that encourages students ages 10 or younger to read (and record) at least 10 books on their Bookworm Club record card.

This program can be used by schools, and/or libraries as educators deem fit. Once a student completes all 10 books, they will earn a free kid’s meal at participating Applebee’s locations (when accompanied by an adult making a purchase)

Audio Books

 Audio Book Sync is giving teens ages 13+ two  FREE audio books downloads every week . Hold on… read that again… a FREE AUDIOBOOK EVERY SINGLE WEEK during the summer! New titles are released every Thursday.

I personally love listening to audiobooks, they are so captivating! My kids love this program because it still “counts” as reading, even though they are actually listening.

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program  

This summer reading program requires kids to read eight books and record them in a  reading journal . Turn in your completed Reading Journal and choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.

Books-A-Million

This summer, when you read any four books from the Books-A-Million Summer Reading Challenge selection in-store and online, you’ll receive a free Because of Winn Dixie Notepad! Note that you must present the completed reading journal in-store to receive the freebie, while supplies last.

Cap Com Credit Union

Year-Round & Summer Reading Programs – Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 can earn up to $10 ($2 per book) by reading! You can take part in this reading program all year long and earn up to $30 per year! For reading?!!

You can submit the request form at any Cap Com branch location or by simply emailing the form to them as well. Talk about an easy $30!

Chuck E Cheese Summer Reading Program

 offers a Reading Rewards Calendar (along with several other  rewards calendars ). Once a child has completed two weeks of reading, he or she can submit the completed Chuck E. Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens.

Junie B Jones Reading Club

Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets, and a membership ID card while supplies last.

Local Public Library

Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through our local library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.

Pizza Hut Book It! Program.

This program offers free reading adventure packs for parents to download. Kids can read, do activities and create recipes based on certain books, and more.

You can enter your zip code and see if your local school has requested participation . It looks like schools can win free pizzas for participating. I remember participating in this one myself. It has been around for a long time. Homeschoolers can also enter this program!

Scholastic’s Summer Reading Program

This summer reading program lets kids log their reading minutes to win digital prizes. They can also enter sweepstakes for gifts like Klutz books and other fun rewards. Parents can register along with their children to track progress.

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays

Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.

Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program  

This reading program called  Book Adventure  encourages children to read books and then take online quizzes on books to earn points. They offer over 40,000 different quizzes. WOW! These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD’s, and games.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program 

With this summer reading program, TD Bank will deposit $10 into a Young Savers account when your child reads at least 10 books and submits his reading list. You must have either an existing Young Savers account or be willing to open one for your child.

Keeping your kids active this summer

There are lots of options to keep the kids learning and engaged during the summer! Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months.

Does anyone else know of other programs for 2024? I will keep this list updated as new ones pop up, so be sure to check back often!

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Top Ten 2020 Summer Reading Reward Programs for Kids

Top Ten 2020 Summer Reading Reward Programs for Kids

In 2020, education merged with home life like never before when parents everywhere were asked to collaborate with teachers to accomplish schooling at home. As both a mommy and a teacher, I always want my children to continue learning during the summer months, but this year, I am seriously exhausted from the double duty of the past few months! Summer reading this year needs to be motivating and engaging enough that the kids will do it without me!

Below is the list of summer reading incentives I dropped in front of my summer readers. I let them choose which ones they wanted to participate in. As it turns out, they have aimed to register in several to get multiple rewards from reading the same books – the same books that fulfill their school summer reading requirements!   I was especially excited about the bank programs where they can earn money for reading (and not out of my pocket!). Offer up this list to your little readers and let it drive their summer reading, because we teacher-parents deserve a break! That’s right: they read, and you relax! You’re welcome!

Free books!

1- Barnes and Noble is offering a free book for every eight books read before August 31. Students must record the books in their Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal and return it to any Barnes and Noble location.

2- Amazon is supplying k-8 students discounted books for every eight books read before September 2 in their Summer Reading Challenge. Check out the link for great deals on children’s books!

3-  DOGOBooks  asks kids to choose books after reading posted student reviews, and then come back and make their own reviews in their Summer Reading Program. The top 10 reviewers will win a book prize pack; the next 25 top reviewers will win a $10 gift card!

4- Read-a-palooza   is created and run by Scholastic Books and is encouraging students to read throughout the summer with a rewards program where they can make friends and earn virtual  rewards by logging in and reading daily through September.

5- SYNC is offering teenagers two free audiobooks all summer long! Our teenagers already love their devices, and these are read-to-me books! Reading can’t get any easier then this!

Free money!

1- TD Bank is offering $10 in their Summer Reading Program for any student who reads 10 books before August 31. The student needs a Young Savers Account (parents, you need to set this up) and must fill out a form with the completed books which can be delivered to any participating TD Bank (check with your local TD, as not all branches participate).

2- JusticeFederalCreditUnion  is willing to dish out $10 to any student who reads 10 books over the summer. Students need  to write a list of completed books and present it to any Justice Federal. Money will be added to any new or existing Young Savers Account (parental assistance is needed to open an account).

3-  Cap Com Federal Credit Union   is paying out up to $10  ($2 per book) to students in grades Kindergarten through 12 during the Cap Com Federal Credit Union Summer Reading Programs. They offer this program in the winter and fall as well- which can add up to a potential $30 a year!  They don’t stop there with paying out for students’ hard work and success. Students can present their end of the year report cards to earn up to $30 with their Great Grades reward program! What a great way for kids to earn money that doesn’t come out of parents’ pockets! Open a youth account   and let your kids start learning that hard work pays off!

Rewards for reading!

1- Applebee’s Book Worm Reading Club – is cooking up a free kids meal for sizzling summer readers (ages 10 and under) who can read 10 books to complete their “Bookworm Club” record card. Students can turn in their completed cards to cash in on a yummy kids meal when accompanied by a paying adult (NY, PA only).

2- Pizza-Hut is opening their first-ever virtual “Book-It” summer camp where kids can earn monthly free pizzas and other rewards through reading just 20 minutes a day this June, July, and August.

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Jessica Cicalese-Kurtz, MA, K-12 Teaching and Technology; BA, K-8 Education; BS, Biology, Science and Engineering, is a high school STEAM Bio and AP Research teacher at Toms River High School East. Jess is also the Science Fair Coordinator at Toms River Middle School South. Jess has written curriculum for K-8 Science and High School Biology, as well as designed and implemented workshops for teachers. She is a freelance writer, wife, and budgeting mom of four who loves to travel, enjoy nature, connect with animals, and read.

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Updated for the summer reading programs for 2021.

Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage your child to read over the summer months. So why not give them a little incentive to really get into that summer reading? Especially if those incentives are some great kid freebies!

Kids can backslide during the summer months and it's important to keep them reading during this time. Reading helps with comprehension, vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and much more. These free summer reading programs encourage kids to read by offering them small incentives, such as free books, to keep reading.

Below you'll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids free stuff like free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program 2021

This year the Barnes and Noble's summer reading program gives out a free book to each child who reads and records 8 books during the summer.

There are many free books to choose from and there's something for every kid in grades 1-6. Free books are divided into categories for Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3 & 4, and Grades 5 & 6. Books are available until supplies are met.

This summer reading program runs July 1 - August 31 , 2021.

Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program 2021

Kids can get a free Because of Winn-Dixie notepad and pen this summer with the Books-A-Million summer reading program.

The kids must read 4 of the qualified books, fill out a journal form to show which ones they read, and return it to any Books-A-Million store.

The summer reading program runs now through an unknown end date.

Amazon Books Retail Stores Summer Reading Challenge 2021

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Amazon Retail stores will give young readers a Star Reader certificate and a $1 coupon off your next book purchase at Amazon Books if they read any 8 books over the summer.

The Amazon Retail Summer Reading Challenge program is for students in grades K-8.

This free summer reading program runs now through September 2, 2021.

HEB H.E. Buddy Summer Reading Club 2021

The H.E. Buddy Summer Reading Club sponsored by H.E.B. grocery stores gives out a free t-shirt for each child who reads 10 books this summer.

This summer reading club is only for residents of Texas who are between the ages of 3 and 12.

This summer reading program is valid now until October 1, 2021.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Scholastic has a summer reading challenge where kids read and then go online to record the minutes they've read this summer. They'll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards.

This summer reading program runs from April 26 - September 3, 2021.

Half Price Books Summer Reading Program 2021

Half Price Books gives out free gift cards to kids who read books this summer.

When kids read for 300 minutes during both June and July, they'll get a free $5 gift card per month to Half Price Books.

This summer reading program runs June 1 - July 31, 2021 .

Sync Summer Reading Program for Teens 2021

Sync has a summer reading program just for teens that will get them two free audiobooks each week this summer.

Each week there will be a current young adult book as well as a classic title that teens will be able to download for free through the OverDrive app.

This summer reading program runs April 25 - August 1, 2019.

Public Library Summer Reading Programs

Some of the best summer reading programs are at your local public library. Every public library has a different summer reading program but almost all of them have rewards and prizes for kids as well as fun events.

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The Moffat County Library Craig branch is inviting community members of all ages to help kick off its 2024 Summer Reading Program, appropriately themed “Adventure Begins at the Library.”

The library’s free Adventure Kick-off Carnival will run from 12-4 p.m. on June 1. All ages can register for the reading program and enjoy an afternoon of carnival-style games, crafts, food, music, stories and fun. 

The free summer reading program will run from June 1 to Aug. 31 and is open to all ages.

Children and teens will receive logs to track their time spent reading or being read to this summer to earn prizes from the library. Adults will receive one entry into a monthly prize drawing for each book read.

Registration will begin June 1 and will be accepted all summer long at the Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur library branches. Participants can also take part in multiple clubs and activities offered at the Craig branch all summer. 

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  • Fill out this quick registration form for each participating person.
  • Stop by the library to decide which challenge you'll choose and pick up all your papers OR use the links below to print them out yourself. 

FOR AGES BIRTH - PRE-K - Choose the "Read 100 Books" Challenge or the "Complete 20 Adventures" Challenge

FOR AGES 5-12 - Choose the "Read 20 Hours" Challenge or the "Complete 20 Adventures" Challenge

FOR AGES 13-ADULT - Choose the "Read 20 Hours" Challenge or the "Complete 20 Adventures" Challenge

Reading Challenges can be turned in for prizes from June 1 through August 3.

An Art Contest is available for all ages. You can print entry forms here or pick them up in the library. Entries are due June 28!

A Coloring Contest is available for ages 6 through adult. You can print entry forms here ( for ages 6-10 and for ages 11-adult ) or pick them up in the library. Entries are due June 21!

A Creative Writing Contest is available for ages 8 through adult. You can print entry forms here or pick them up in the library. Entries are due July 12!

Programs and events kick off in a BIG WAY with our Golden Sower Kid Fest on Friday, May 31 . Kids ages 8 and up can attend fun sessions and workshops and meet famous authors. It's free!

To stay up-to-date with Norfolk Public Library’s summer services and programming, check the Event Calendar , sign up for the E-Newsletter , or find us on Facebook and Instagram . 

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  1. 2024 Summer Reading Programs (Recommended by Teachers)

    Check your local library for more free kids summer reading programs with activities and incentives for all ages. Most libraries also have story times and other reading-themed activities. Learn more: Collaborative Summer Library Program 8. Camp BOOK IT! With Pizza Hut Pizza Hut. Join BOOK IT summer camp to encourage reading all summer long.

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    Scholastic Summer Reading. From April 26 through September 3, visit the Scholastic summer zone for stories, games, and community. Keep track of your books. Read e-books. Meet favorite characters and authors. Print reading achievement reports. 3. Barnes and Noble. Download and print a Reading Journal.

  3. 17 BEST Summer Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids in 2024

    Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Here's a great way to keep kids engaged in summer reading - The Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza! Kids are encouraged to track their reading in a free online Scholastic-provided resource with books, games and events. As kids reach tracking goals, they receive rewards and unlock book donations for others.

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    Summer Reading Program. Fostering a love of reading and its rewards, the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is popular with students in first through sixth grades and educators throughout America. Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books. They simply read a designated number of books - library books, books borrowed ...

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    With as little as 15-30 minutes of reading a day, children can earn a treasure trove of free prizes this summer, including: free books from Barnes & Noble. free movie tickets to Showcase Cinemas. game tokens from Chuck E. Cheese. $5 in bookworm bucks to spend at Half-Price Books. free ice cream from Braums.

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    BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 PreK-6 grade schools annually.

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    Welcome to Summer Reading on Home Base! From May 9th through September 12th, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a completely free digital destination which offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7. Join Now.

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    Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Ten days of reading equals ten Chuck E. Cheese play points with this reading program calendar. Reading Is Fundamental Summer Program Reading is Fundamental provides summer reading ideas for students in grades K-6, including book lists, activity sheets, and monthly reading calendars.

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    Summer Reading Book Fairs. Bring the joy of reading to families this summer by hosting a Scholastic Summer Reading Book Fair June 1-July 30, 2021! Whether you're in school or on break we've got a Fair that's right for you. It's the perfect way to provide students with access to new books, favorite characters, and series to keep them ...

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    Local public libraries almost all run summer reading programs for children in the community, complete with activities, incentives, storytimes, and more. Many use the resources provided by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), which offers tools and programming for local librarians.

  11. 12 Of The Best Summer Reading Programs for Kids and Teens 2020

    Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza. Scholastic is providing students of all ages an exciting at-home reading challenge. Through their safe, free, and fun online destination Home Base, kids can log in and track their reading streaks, earn special rewards, and even donate books to kids across the United States.

  12. Summer Reading Incentives: Love Them or Hate Them, Prizes Bring Kids In

    According to SLJ's Summer Reading/Summer Learning Survey, incentives are a huge part of summer reading programs. Of the 773 public libraries that responded, 97 percent use prizes as incentives to motivate readers in their summer reading program. The process is standard: Log those minutes or count pages read, hit a goal or read more than ...

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    Barnes & Noble's summer reading program is called Imagination's Destination . The free booklet is available in English and Spanish, and includes activities related to books. Readers who read and record 8 books can choose one from a list to receive for free. Scholastic's Summer Challenge asks kids to log their reading minutes to earn rewards.

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    Best practice: Key the reward to reading itself, by offering incentives such as a new book, a magazine, or — in school — free time, a homework pass, or extra reading time. ... Take those library summer reading programs. They're fun, sure, but if the expectations are low (in terms of the number of books or pages kids need to complete), and ...

  15. FREE Reading Incentive Programs for Elementary Students (2024)

    H-E-B. The H-E-Buddy Reading Club is a free summer reading program for kids in Texas in elementary and middle schools ages 3-12. Kids read 10 books (one title must be a read 3 book listed on the website). After reading each book kids must write it in a reading log along with an adult's initials to get credit.

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    Summer Reading Program #3: Scholastic Summer Challenge. Scholastic.com has a summer reading challenge (Readapalooza) where kids can log their minutes reading online, unlock online badges and rewards. The summer reading program Scholastic is a popular choice for kids and parents!

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    This program offers free reading adventure packs for parents to download. Kids can read, do activities and create recipes based on certain books, and more. You can enter your zip code and see if ...

  18. Top Ten 2020 Summer Reading Reward Programs for Kids

    1- Applebee's Book Worm Reading Club - is cooking up a free kids meal for sizzling summer readers (ages 10 and under) who can read 10 books to complete their "Bookworm Club" record card. Students can turn in their completed cards to cash in on a yummy kids meal when accompanied by a paying adult (NY, PA only).

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    Half Price Books Summer Reading Program 2021. Getty Images News. Half Price Books gives out free gift cards to kids who read books this summer. When kids read for 300 minutes during both June and July, they'll get a free $5 gift card per month to Half Price Books. This summer reading program runs June 1 - July 31, 2021 .

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    Grade 2-3. $1.79 *. This Summer Reading Pack is temporarily out of stock. It will be restocked on May 15, 2024. Please limit orders to one reading packet per child. The Secret Door. Badger Hills Farm Book 1. Grades 3-5. $1.79 *.

  21. 11+ Awesome Summer Reading Programs Your Kids Will Love

    Each summer, several organizations host summer reading programs that offer incentives to get children reading. We've gathered up info on 11+ summer reading programs that your kids will love. SUMMER READING PROGRAMS. Summer Reading at the Library. This is what got me addicted to reading as a child — the summer reading programs offered at the ...

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    The Summer She Went Missing. by Chelsea Ichaso. QUICK ADD. Powerful: A Powerless Story (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Lauren Roberts. QUICK ADD. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #1) by Holly Jackson. Browse Barnes & Noble's Summer Reading program for 2024 to find the best beach reads, kids books, and more for your summer ...

  23. iREAD: Reading Programs

    iREAD® summer reading programming is developed by librarians for librarians and features activities, graphics, crafts, reading lists, incentives, and much more for children, teens, and adults. As always with iREAD Summer Reading, there is no membership fee required or time limit imposed. You can use the graphics and programming year-round to ...

  24. The Goodreads Guide to Summer Reading

    The Goodreads Guide to Summer Reading. Posted by Sharon on May 13, 2024. 57 likes · 30 comments. Goodreads' annual guide to the best books to read this summer is here! Discover the most-anticipated new titles (according to your fellow readers), find stories to match your reading mood, and more!

  25. Library encourages summer reading with incentive program

    The free summer reading program will run from June 1 to Aug. 31 and is open to all ages. Children and teens will receive logs to track their time spent reading or being read to this summer to earn ...

  26. Summer Reading Challenge Now Open!

    Summer Reading Challenge Now Open! May 13, 2024. Our annual reading incentive is back and better than ever! New this year— you choose your own adventure! You can choose traditional time-based challenge to read 20 hours OR try our new reading adventure challenge and complete 20 reading adventures. Participating is easy!

  27. Avondale Public Libraries Launch 'Adventure Begins at Your Library'

    Published on May 16, 2024. Source: Unsplash/Alexander Wende. Avondale is gearing up for a summer of books and adventure with its public libraries announcing a summer reading program for all ages ...