2017 Kids Free Summer Reading Programs

I am often asked the question, ” Do you homeschool during the summer”?  My response is always yes.  We finish up any curriculum that we have not completed, I focus on reading and of coarse we have fun things scheduled like play dates, movies, etc.  

In a few weeks our homeschool group will be starting our summer reading book club. The kids will read and then share the book they read about with the rest of the children and in return they will be rewarded.  I personally think a book club will keep the kids accountable.


I have done quite a bit of research on free summer reading programs which is motivation for my kids because many of these programs offer some type of incentive. I am sharing them with you so that you can do them with your children.


Our favorite one is the Barnes and Noble summer reading program.  Children read any eight books this summer and record them in their Summer Reading Journal, noting which part of the book was their favorite, and why.  Then bring their completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. 

barnes and nobel reading 2014


Local county libraries participate in reading programs as well. For instance our local county libraries gives our reading logs and after a certain amount of minutes read the kids turn in their logs for free baseball game tickets. While our city library gives our reading books.  My kids have participated the library reading programs every year and received wonderful prizes.


Pizza Hut offers two programs for children. The summer reading program Pizza Hut has partnered with Candlewick Press to bring your kids summer reading activities. You can also enroll your children for 2017-2018 program. 


Sylvan has a program called Book Adventure which is a fun, free way to motivate your children to read.  Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read
them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.

Kids can be a Happy Camper with the reading program at Scholastic. Read and log minutes all summer.  Then unlock activities & earn rewards.  Plus kids can enter for a chance to win Klutz books!


What child does not like to get video game tokens at Chuck E Cheese?  Kids can earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks.  Download and print out Chuck E.’s Rewards Calendars. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in a completed calendar to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward.


TD Bank’s summer reading program encourages reading and also helps children learn about saving money. Kids in grades K-5 can participate by reading 10 books this summer Write down the names of the books read on the form.  Take the form to the nearest TD Bank and then receive $10 in a new or existing TD Simple Savings account. 
Enjoy the Summer Reading Quest with Bibleman and his team at LifeWay! Take your completed Summer Reading Journal to the register at your local LifeWay store to redeem your prize. Choose from one of the six books listed below plus receive a free devotional or Bible, while supplies last. Be sure to come in by Aug. 31, 2017, to return your journal and receive your prizes. 
There are so many resources to encourage children to read.  I also found some great reading book reward charts that are a great tool for reading.  How do you encourage your children to read over the summer? Do you know of any other reading summer incentives?  If so please share! 


  1. Tara O> says:

    These are all great, thank you so much!

  2. I really like the idea of having the kids read during the summer. I think that kids should continue to do some school in the summer so they don’t lose everything they learned.

  3. Summer reading programs are so great for keeping the kids’s noodles noodling and for keeping reading fun. I love them.

  4. This sounds great! Barnes and Noble is my favorite book store. I’m glad to hear they have a summer reading program for the kiddos. That’s really great.

  5. This sounds like a great program. Summer reading programs are an excellent way to promote a love of reading in kids instead of making it a mandatory thing.

  6. That is awesome! We have about 4 reading programs in our area. We live just on the outside of Atlanta, and lots of kids get in on the action.

  7. We have all our kids get in on the summer reading program action. Even our youngest has to have daily story time where we read to her as part of her “reading program”.

  8. Summer reading programs are awesome! They are such a great way to get kids to read. The local movie theater’s in our area often offer free movie tickets when you fill out a reading log, which is really cool. You might want to check if theater’s near you offer the same.

  9. I think summer reading programs are a great idea. It keeps a child’s mind active and learning.

  10. I’m determined to make my kids love reading this summer. Great idea of where to look for great programs and that chart looks awesome.

  11. Amy Desrosiers says:

    To encourage reading this summer I do want my kids to participate in a local summer reading program. I think it is great that places care about our youth’s reading.

  12. Claudia Krusch says:

    I think it is so important to keep your kids learning during the summer. These look like great reading programs to check out for my Son.

  13. Great ideas on getting kids to read more. I will definitely use this with my kids.

  14. I love all these summer reading programs. My girls always sign up for the one at our local library. I think it’s great for kids to keep reading all summer long.

  15. These are all some great programs for the summer. It is so important to make sure that kids get there reading on in the summer. They need to keep those brains working.

  16. These are great picks! I am sure kids will enjoy these summer reading activities!

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