Free Kids Summer Reading Programs

Free Kids Summer Reading Programs

Although Spring has just started for us here in Minnesota, summer will be here before we know it and that means lots of extra time to read our favorite books! Whether your child loves to read or is a reluctant reader, Summer Reading Programs are a great way to keep the reading going. Thanks to Saving Dollars and Sense we have a BIG list of FREE Kids Summer Reading Programs available this year! Many of these programs let your kids earn FREE books, prizes, and cash!

Free Kids Summer Reading Programs:


Kids Summer Reading Programs

Junie B Jones Reading Club – 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.

Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this 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!

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.

Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Local Public Library – 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 the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.

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

Chuck E. Cheese – Earn FREE tokens every time your child reads. Just print out the bookmarks which are each worth 5 FREE tokens and bring it in to claim your free tokens.

Scholastic Summer Reading 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!

Six Flags Read to Succeed K-6 students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading approved by their parents and teachers are eligible for free admission to their nearest theme park.

These summer reading programs are a great way to encourage kids to read all summer long and make it fun. If you know of any other summer reading programs that aren’t listed here, please leave the information in a comment below so we can add it to the list!

Printable Reading Chart


  1. Sara Perrera says

    Thank you for putting all these resources together. I am always worried that my son will have the summer slide with reading and so I need incentives to keep him reading. My kids love Chuck E Cheese so that will be a big incentive for them.

  2. Alyssa Annico says

    This is great, thank you!

  3. What a great list of free kids summer reading programs! I love the free printable too as a way to make it even more fun for kids.

  4. These are amazing incentives to keep kids reading throughout the summer! I know the Six Flags offer would be especially tempting for my children.

  5. This is a great way to ensure that they are reading throughout the summer months. Off to print – thanks!

  6. These are great resources … some of them I hadn’t heard of yet. I love having my daughter participate in summer reading programs!

  7. This list is great! Thank you for comprising the list for the rest of us.

  8. shelly peterson says

    So nice that there are so many reading programs. Thanks for sharing.

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