2021 Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids

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Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a free summer reading program or two!? My kids loved the free books so we participated in more than one program. I especially recommend programs that reward with BOOKS not food.

But first, you might want to know about these Imagination Soup resources:

READING LISTS BY GRADE LEVEL

SUMMER READING BINGO

Summer Reading free printable for kids

*Go here to get a FREE Summer Reading Packet

Ready for the 2021 list of programs?

I will keep updating this list as more programs are announced.

2021 Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives as well as provides accountability. Here are all your options:

1. Your Public Library
Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer reading program in May. They will often have the chance to get free books or prizes–even with the strange times in which we live. Hopefully, your local library will be open for storytime and other activities.



2. Scholastic Summer Reading

From April 26 through September 3, visit the Scholastic summer zone for stories, games, and community. Keep track of your books. Read e-books. MEet favorite characters and authors. Print reading achievement reports.

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids
3. Barnes and Noble
Download and print a Reading Journal. Then, read eight books and record the titles in the printed journal. Once you’ve read the 8 books, take your journal to your local Barnes and Noble to get a free book. It couldn’t be easier. You can also find a printable parent’s guide with tips and fun literacy activities.


4. Amazon Summer Reading Challenge
This is a pretty lame reading challenge if you ask me– read 8 books, get a $1 coupon.

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids
5. Half-Price Books Feed Your Brain
Read for at least 15 minutes each day. Download their free reading log to record your minutes. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, you can turn your completed log into your local HPB store and earn $5 Half-Price Books Bucks. You can also find tips and printable book lists.

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids
6. KCEdventures Genre Challenge for Summer Reading
Challenge your kids to explore new areas of the library. KCEdventures has created a bingo-style printable that covers 15 different genres. Try to read at least one book from each and record them on the sheet.


7.
Bookworm Wednesdays at Showcase Cinemas
Participating Multiplex, Cinema de Lux, and Showcase theaters will give kids free admission to a movie when they present a book report.


8
. Sync Summer Audiobook Program for Teens 
Kids ages 13+ can win audiobooks by participating in this program that uses the OverDrive app. Don’t rule out audiobooks, they count as real reading!

9. Pizza Hut’s Book It Program
Register online for the next school year to earn prizes and pizza for reading.

Encourage your child to read this summer by participating in one of these programs. They may want to participate in a huge national program or maybe the local library summer reading program is more their speed. Maybe an individual challenge will motivate them the most.

For more help with reading comprehension, visit this post.

Summer Reading Lists by Grade Level:

Picture Book List for Pre-Readers

1st Grade Reading List (age 6 – 7)

2nd Grade Reading List (age 7 – 8)

3rd Grade Reading List (age 8 – 9)

4th Grade Reading List (age 9 – 10)

5th Grade Reading List (age 10 – 11)

6th Grade Reading List (age 11 – 12)

7th Grade Reading List (age 12 – 13)

8th Grade and High School Grade Reading List (age 13 and up)

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  1. Virginia A Chambers says:

    Where can you start turning in reading log for prizes

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