Summer Book Bonanza: Free Reading Programs to Keep Kids Engaged and Excited

Summer Book Bonanza: Free Reading Programs to Keep Kids Engaged and Excited

Summer is here, and with it comes a much deserved break for kids to take a break from school and enjoy their free time. However, as parents we know it is vital to keep their minds engaged and continue fostering their love for reading. That's why I've compiled a list of free summer reading programs for kids that parents can take advantage of to keep their children's reading skills sharp during the break. So, let's dive in!

1. Local Public Libraries

Most public libraries offer free summer reading programs for children of all ages. These programs typically include:

  • Reading challenges with rewards for reaching specific goals
  • Weekly storytimes and read-alouds
  • Book clubs and discussions
  • Author visits and workshops
  • Arts and crafts activities

Be sure to check your local library's website or visit in person to learn more about their specific summer reading program.

2. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Barnes & Noble offers a Summer Reading Program for kids in grades 1-6. To participate, children must read eight books and record them in a reading journal, available for download on the Barnes & Noble website. Once the journal is complete, kids can bring it to their local store and choose a free book from a selection of titles.

3. Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online program that encourages kids to read all summer long. Kids can log their reading minutes, earn virtual rewards, and unlock book excerpts, videos, and other exclusive content. The program also offers resources for parents and educators, including book lists, printable activities, and tips for encouraging reading at home.

4. SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens aged 13 and older. Each week, participants can download two free audiobook titles, which they can keep forever. The program runs from April through August, and the titles change weekly. To participate, visit the SYNC website and sign up for email or text alerts to receive notifications when new titles are available.

5. Pizza Hut's Camp BOOK IT!

Camp BOOK IT! is Pizza Hut's summer reading program for children in Pre-K through 6th grade. Parents can enroll their kids online, and kids can track their reading progress throughout the summer. Once they reach their monthly reading goal, they'll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut. Yummm!

6. Read.Write.Repeat. from H-E-Buddy

The H-E-Buddy Summer Reading Club is open to children aged 3-12. Participants must read ten books and log them on a reading log, available on the H-E-B website. After completing the log, kids can mail it in to receive a special t-shirt and certificate.

Need some recommended books?

Discovering the niche your kid loves can be quite a challenge! But as a teacher I have been through hundreds of books. Click here to see a list of some of my very favorite and why. I have personally read and adored each book on this carefully curated list. These engaging and captivating stories are sure to spark the imagination of young readers and help them develop a lifelong love for literature. From thrilling adventures to heartwarming tales, this diverse collection of books caters to a wide range of interests and reading levels, ensuring there's something for every child to enjoy. So, get ready to embark on a literary journey with your little ones and explore the magical world of books together!

Wrap UP

Reading is crucial for children's development and connection to material learned in school. These free summer reading programs offer fun and engaging ways for kids to continue reading during their break. So, sign up for one or more (I mean biggest bang for your buck right?) of these programs and help your child stay engaged, entertained, and inspired all summer long!