FREE Summer Reading Programs!

summer reading programs

As part of our annual sumer tradition, we always hit the local libraries and join their summer reading clubs. Not only do these programs encourage lots of reading, kids earn great rewards like FREE tickets for summer activities, books, coupons for restaurants and more.

And check out these great 2018 National Summer Reading Programs:

summer reading programs

The Barnes and 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 your Summer Reading Journal. Download the B&N Summer Reading Journal in Englishor Español to learn more .Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2018. Find a Store

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


Lifeway is offering a FREE Bible and a FREE book when your kiddos read six books and memorize six scripture verses over the summer. After they complete the summer reading journal HERE, simply turn it in to a local Lifeway store and they receive their freebies!

Half Price Books is offering up FREE $5 HPB bucks for those kids and parents that read 300 minutes each month. Children must be 14 years or younger to participate in this program

Books-a-MillionFREE Pencil Case and pencils  when kids read four books from the section HERE, and turn in journal to your local store.

Sylvan offers Book Adventure a FREE reading incentive program. Basically, your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book. There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. These are common books that can be found at your local library. Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes! FYI…they’re ending this program on June 30, 2018.


Kids can earn 10 FREE Chuck E. Cheese tokens every time they for 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the form HERE and bring it in to claim your free token.

Half Price Books is offering kids ages 14 and under a chance to earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 each day throughout the summer!

Rosenberry Rooms offers children a chance to win a $25 gift card! The Bookworm Challenge can be found here.

Scholastic Summer Challenge – Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!

SYNC is a program that gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week each Summer for readers ages 13+. Each week features a current Young Adult title paired with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title). Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app which can be downloaded for free. For more information, head here.

TD Bank Summer Reading ProgramRead and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!


Learning Websites and Apps:

ABC Mouse:

The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 450 lessons in six levels. As your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by’s Tickets and Rewards System.
30 day free trial available.

ABCYA: is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children’s educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn. Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Fun children’s Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!

Animal Jam:

Animal Jam is an online virtual playground for children who love animals and the outdoors, and is the result of an ongoing creative collaboration between Smart Bomb Interactive and National Geographic Society. Our goal is to provide a fun, exciting, and safe environment for kids to play online, while inspiring them to explore and protect the natural world outside their doors.
Free unless you decide to upgrade. My oldest plays for free and my youngest has upgraded.

Cool Math 4 Kids:

Coolmath has an enormous resource of math lessons from arithmetic up through a preview of Calculus. They also have a Pre-School area.

Disney Jr.:

At Disney Jr you’ll find games, coloring pages and videos. The games focus on memory, hand-eye coordination, color matching and other important skills for developing minds.

Nick Jr.

You’ll find printables, games and other activities your kids will enjoy. The games allow your children to explore their creativity, play dress-up, learn new music, put together puzzles and work on numbers and shape recognition.

PBS Kids:

PBS Kids offers sing-a-long songs, sorting and counting games, videos and more.

Sesame Street:

Video clips and play games that help them learn letters, animal sounds, rhymes, colors and more.


The site has been online since 2002 and works with your children through letter recognition all the way through to reading plays, nonfiction and comics.

*Most of the websites listed above also have apps. What apps and websites do you use?


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