School’s out for summer! No more fighting over homework! No more badgering your kiddo to do the math problems and reading assignments! So how on earth do you keep your kids engaged and their brains nimble over the summer? Check out these FREE summer reading programs to entice your child to keep reading over the summer. You’ll love that their still doing “school work” while they’ll think they’re having fun and earning cool stuff. Now, if I could just find free summer reading programs for moms…
Be sure to pin this page or bookmark it so you can come back to it all summer! And don’t miss out my recommended summer reading lists, broken down into age groups for the kiddos:
- Summer Reading List for Grades K-2
- Summer Reading List for Grades 3-5
- Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8
- Plus – 200 FREE Summer Activities for the Kids
This post is based on last year’s summer reading programs, which run from year to year. If the programs change, I’ll be sure to update this post.
Your Local Library
I guarantee one of your local libraries has a great summer reading program. Last year, my son earned a free Elephant and Piggy book from Mo Willems. You would have thought he’d won the lottery he was so excited.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Through Scholastic’s site, your little reader can log minutes all summer, take weekly challenges and even earn online rewards. They’ll also be entered for a chance to win awesome books every time they reach a weekly reading milestone. Plus, they can help set a new reading world record! Learn more and get signed up by visiting the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge site.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
Read any 8 books and record them in the provided online reading journal. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store and your kid can choose a FREE BOOK from their selection on the Reading Journal list at the store. Visit Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading site for more information and to sign up. Oh, and be sure to check out B&N’s FREE On-Line Story Time on their site.
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
Kids who read 8 titles from Pottery Barn’s recommended reading list by July 31 will receive a free book at participating stores. Don’t forget about their weekly story times held at designated stores. Visit Pottery Barn’s events listings to learn more and locate participating stores.
Pizza Hut Book It! Program
Have your child read 5 books and fill out the entry form online to be eligible to to win a prize. Visit the Pizza Hut Book It! Program to learn more and sign up.
Sylvan Book Adventure
Kids in grades K-8 can search for books on Book Adventure, read them offline, come back to take a quiz on what they’ve read and earn prizes. Learn more on Book Adventure.
Half Price Book Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
Read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your child’s completed reading log to earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month. Half Price Book willl award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card! Learn all about the program and get the reading log to complete by visiting Half Price Book’s Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program site.
Random House’s Step Into Reading Summer Reading Challenge
Read at least three of the Step Into Reading series and send away for free lunch bags. Get the form for the Step Into Reading Summer Reading Challenge here.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards
With this ongoing program, have your child read every day for two weeks straight and they can earn 10 free tokens for their next visit. Get the Reading Rewards Calendar on the Chuck E. Cheese site.
Regional Summer Reading Programs
There are also several regional summer reading programs that may be in your area!
Did I miss a free summer program? Let me know in the comments!
TELL ME HOW YOU KEEP YOUR KIDS READING THIS SUMMER.