Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids

Our homeschool co-op group ended a few weeks ago which has left us with a lighter homeschool schedule.  We are just finishing up our math and spelling curriculum.  I typically do not take the summer off for homeschool because when I have it is so hard getting my kids back into the swing of things once our new homeschool year begins. So after our curriculum is completed we do quite a bit of reading over the summer. The kids read by themselves plus I read to them aloud as well.  We are at the library quite a bit during the summer but we take advantage of free book goodies as well. These goodies get my kids motivated to read which is a bonus! Be sure to check out these summer reading freebies for your child this summer :

Our favorite summer reading program is by Barnes and Noble.  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.  Them they bring the completed and signed reading journal into your local Barnes and Noble bookstore between August 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019. Present it to an employee and they will let your child choose a book from the free book list.


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.


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


SYNC is a free summer audio book program for teens 13 and up.  This summer they are offering two free audio book downloads every week each summer. Through August 1st SYNC features titles based on weekly themes. New files are available from Thursday until the following Thursday.  The audio book downloads are in MP3 format and delivered through the OverDrive app which can be easily downloaded for FREE.

Book Adventure is an interactive reading assessment, management and rewards program. And the NEW Book Adventure is much more than just our 15,000 book quizzes!  Book Adventure strives to be inclusive of the different student learning styles and offers a variety of alternative assessment options for those students who might not be great test takers. This online program encourages, assesses and rewards independent reading.

The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months. Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.


LifeWay is offering a summer reading adventure, hosted by Doug, the Slug, and Sparky, the Bug, of Slugs & Bugs, June 3 to Aug. 31.  Promote the love of reading in your home as well as encouraging the love of God’s Word through reading His Scripture. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6 and even toddlers, ages 1 to 5, but all are welcome to join in the adventure.


This is a new one for us!  YouTube Kids 20 Minutes is now showcasing reading-related videos to encourage summer reading. Read along with picture books, songs, and more — with YouTube Kids videos. Simply download the YouTube Kids app. 


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! 

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  1. These are great programs, thanks for sharing! My kids only have a week left of school and summer reading has been on my mind, it’s always hard to keep them motivated.

  2. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Our kids love to read. We will be sure to check out some of these reading lists.

  3. I love summer reading programs. My daughters always join the summer reading program they have at our local library. I think it’s great to continue to have them read.

  4. Catalina says:

    Reading is so important! Thanks for sharing these hacks. They are so useful for summer!

  5. I am a bookworm and I am encouraging my son to read more. These efforts from these companies are so awesome. Thumbs up for that!

  6. So important to encourage children to read! My son started reading early and it was such a blessing!

  7. You can never go wrong with books and reading programs. Thanks so much for sharing all of this!

  8. Heather says:

    This is great! Reading is something that we do all summer long in our house so I love that there are still reading programs out there!

  9. I had no idea this existed and its so cool. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and is great for kids!

  10. My kids used to love those reading programs when they were in school. We racked up so many points.

  11. Love this! My boys love reading so much – this would be a great program for them.

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