If you’re looking for summer reading programs for kids, this is our comprehensive list of all the completely FREE programs!
Believe it or not, it’s almost that time of year again — when school is out and summer reading programs abound. Yay! (Well, some of you might not be saying “yay!”, but we do because my kids LOVE them some summer reading programs!)
Note: We recommend calling your local stores to verify that they’re participating in these programs this year.
Free Summer Reading Programs 2021
Do your kids love to read, too? If so, this is our big list of all the FREE summer reading programs that are available nationally!
Barnes & Noble — Earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for kids in grades 1-6.
- Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (PDF download). Tell them which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
- Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st and August 31st, 2021.
- Choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.
Books-A-Million — Read any four books from the Summer Reading Adventure section in-store or online, write about them in your summer reading adventure log book, and receive a free Because of Winn Dixie Notepad and Pen (while supplies last).
Chuck E. Cheese — Kids can fill out their Reading Rewards Calendar when they read every day for two weeks, and then trade it in for 10 FREE play points at your local Chuck E. Cheese location.
Half Price Books — Kids 14 or younger can read 15 minutes per day to reach a total of at least 300 minutes. After that, they can take their completed reading log to their local store to earn Bookworm Bucks to spend. (In addition, they have a summer reading program for teens.)
H-E-B — Read any ten books and record them on your reading log to score a free t-shirt! Once the log is complete, mail the form to the address listed, and you’ll be rewarded with a special prize. Note one of the books read must be a Read 3 book.
Pizza Hut Camp Book It — In addition to their annual school year program, Pizza Hut has rolled out a summer reading program this year called Camp Book it! Simply track your child’s reading during June, July, and August. Once they reach their monthly reading goal, they can redeem for a free one-topping personal pizza at Pizza Hut!
Local Libraries — Above all, don’t forget about your local library! Most of them offer fun summer reading programs with prizes and more.
Bonus: Don’t forget about the Pizza Hut Book-It Program that runs each school year!
Download our FREE Kid’s Summer Reading Printable Pack!
Looking for a fun way to encourage and motivate your kids to read more? Or need a creative way for your kids to keep track of all the books they read through summer reading programs this year?
Be sure to download our FREE Kid’s Summer Reading Printable Pack! It comes with a reading challenge, reading time tracker, and fill-in-the-blank summer reading list.
Do you know of any other Summer Reading Programs we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments!