2024 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.

free summer reading programs for kids

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







Ready for the 2024 list of summer reading programs?

I will keep updating this list if any new summer reading programs are announced.

2024 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
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.

3. Barnes and Noble
Read eight books and record the titles in the printed journal from Barnes and Noble. 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 (not yet updated for 2024)
Harper Collins Summer Reading on Amazon
This program is a pretty lame reading challenge if you ask me– read 7 books and get a certificate and one free book from National Geographic Kids. Still waiting to get the updated details…

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.

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.


pizza hut book it!

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

9. Reading Is Fundamental Summer Reading
This website offers resources and read alouds to keep you reading all summer long. You can download calendars, listen to stories, and more!

10. Sonlight Summer Reading Challenge
Try this reading challenge for many different ages and reading levels from the Sonlight homeschool curriculum.

11. Beanstack Summer Reading
This app offers accountability with challenges and reading logs. You’ll have to make your own rewards though.

12. Reading Rockets Reading Adventure Packets
Find thematic ideas for your summer 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.

Summer Reading Book 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)

More Summer Book Recommendations

Read Alike Book Lists

Adventure Books for Kids

Fantasy Books for Kids

Funny Books for Kids

Historical Fiction Books for Kids

Mystery Books for Kids

Nonfiction Books for Kids

Science Fiction Books for Kids

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