2017 Free Summer Reading Programs


It's hard to believe the school year will be winding to a close soon! Now is a good time to start preparing for those summer reading lists.

One of the best places to find summer resources is your local library.  Library programs will help your kids stay excited about reading and prevent summer learning loss.  We love our library and visit as much as we can throughout the summer!  They offer fun incentives too.

Here are some other great programs and resources:

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program
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Grades 1-6

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

 1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in this Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why. 

2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017

3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Pizza Hut BOOK IT!  Summer Reading with Candlewick Press

Summer reading
Photo Credit:  Pizza Hut

Download and print fun activities at home.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Summer Reading Challenge
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May 8-Sept 8, 2017

Kids can log their reading minutes, earn virtual rewards, and enter to win prizes from Klutz.

Chuck E. Cheese's Reading Reward Chart
Reading Rewards
Photo Credit:  Chuck E. Cheese's

Your child can earn 10 free tokens {with food purchase} for reading minutes each day.  Print out the reward chart at home and bring into Chuck E. Cheese's.

LifeWay R.E.A.D. - Summer Reading Program 2017
Photo Credit:  LifeWay

June 1-August 31, 2017
Grades 1-6

Lifeway has a Summer Reading Quest with Bibleman.  Read 6 books, fill out the journal with fun activities and memory verses, and take into your local Lifeway store to redeem a free book {from list selection} as well as a free devotional or Bible while supplies last.  The deadline to bring in your completed journal is August 31st.

Share your progress with #LifewayREADS on Social Media

Sylvan's Book Adventure Program
Photo Credit:  Sylvan

Grades K-8

Kids find books they are interested in on their grade level, take quizzes about what they read, and earn points toward prizes.

Cricket Media Bug Camp 2017

Nine week program begins June 5th.  Click below for more info.

summer reading programs

What is your favorite program?  Happy Summer Reading!
7 comments on "2017 Free Summer Reading Programs"
  1. Oh, I love this list of reading programs. My 6 1/2 year old is reading now and I could use one of the programs to keep him interested this summer.

  2. So many great ideas to encourage kids to read over the summer. It is so important to keep them reading, and with these programs they have great incentive. Thanks!

  3. Would like to check this out with my bff! I'm sure this will be a big help to improve our child's development!
    -Kelly REci

  4. That's really lovely. I think it's great that there are reading programs for the kids especially during the summer. It will keep their mind active!

  5. What a great resource list! I know I would like to keep my boys on track throughout the summer and these are a great way to do that!

  6. This is a great idea to prevent the summer "slide." Kids should always be encouraged to read, not only during the school year, but as a habit for them to do every day.

  7. I had no idea that such programs exist! Thanks for letting me know!


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