Estimated reading time: 6 minutes
Summer is the perfect opportunity to jump-start your kids’ interest in reading or keep them reading. See this year’s current reading programs.
Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids
Summer is the perfect opportunity to jump-start your kids’ interest in reading or keep them reading if it’s something they already enjoy. Summer reading programs are plenty, so you’ve got lots of incentives out there in the form of prizes and awards to keep your kids interested.
Reading not only keeps them interested in books, but it will also gives them some downtime to relax and curl up with a good book.
PLUS… this quiet time will help you (My Favorite Part). Maybe you can clean the house for a few minutes or even cook dinner. Sounds great, right? Reading programs are a bonus for everyone. Time to get your kids signed up today.
Below you’ll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids free stuff like free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more. Plus, don’t forget to check out your local library. I know ours offers a great program we take part in every year.
2024 Best Summer Reading Programs for Kids
(Upstate New York, Sayre, PA & Connecticut only). Select locations offer a reading-focused reward program that encourages students ages 10 or younger to read (and record) at least 10 books on their Bookworm Club record card.
This program can be used by schools, and/or libraries as educators deem fit. Once a student completes all 10 books, they will earn a free kid’s meal at participating Applebee’s locations (when accompanied by an adult making a purchase)
Audio Book Sync is giving teens ages 13+ two FREE audio books downloads every week. Hold on… read that again… a FREE AUDIOBOOK EVERY SINGLE WEEK during the summer! New titles are released every Thursday.
I personally love listening to audiobooks, they are so captivating! My kids love this program because it still “counts” as reading, even though they are actually listening.
This summer reading program requires kids to read eight books and record them in a reading journal. Turn in your completed Reading Journal and choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.
This summer, when you read any four books from the Books-A-Million Summer Reading Challenge selection in-store and online, you’ll receive a free Because of Winn Dixie Notepad! Note that you must present the completed reading journal in-store to receive the freebie, while supplies last.
Year-Round & Summer Reading Programs – Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 can earn up to $10 ($2 per book) by reading! You can take part in this reading program all year long and earn up to $30 per year! For reading?!!
You can submit the request form at any Cap Com branch location or by simply emailing the form to them as well. Talk about an easy $30!
offers a Reading Rewards Calendar (along with several other rewards calendars). Once a child has completed two weeks of reading, he or she can submit the completed Chuck E. Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens.
Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets, and a membership ID card while supplies last.
Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through our local library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.
This program offers free reading adventure packs for parents to download. Kids can read, do activities and create recipes based on certain books, and more.
You can enter your zip code and see if your local school has requested participation. It looks like schools can win free pizzas for participating. I remember participating in this one myself. It has been around for a long time. Homeschoolers can also enter this program!
This summer reading program lets kids log their reading minutes to win digital prizes. They can also enter sweepstakes for gifts like Klutz books and other fun rewards. Parents can register along with their children to track progress.
Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.
This reading program called Book Adventure encourages children to read books and then take online quizzes on books to earn points. They offer over 40,000 different quizzes. WOW! These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD’s, and games.
With this summer reading program, TD Bank will deposit $10 into a Young Savers account when your child reads at least 10 books and submits his reading list. You must have either an existing Young Savers account or be willing to open one for your child.
Keeping your kids active this summer
There are lots of options to keep the kids learning and engaged during the summer! Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months.