6 Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids!

free summer reading programs

I don’t have a ton of summer “school” rules around here, but reading is a daily requirement.

I don’t really care what it is as long as there are words on the page. My youngest has been picking some really easy reads lately and I’m fine with that!

Even if you know your child’s reading level is above their summer picks, let it go. Just be happy they’re reading! 

That being said, motivation in the summer is tough. 

Reading incentives are always a plus around here and there’s a few summer reading programs we’ve taken advantage of over the years that I thought I’d share here. 

Here’s a round-up of 6 free summer reading programs that we love! 

#1 BJU Press Summer Reading Program

There are 3 different age groups. Each group has age-appropriate reading requirements and a suggested summer reading list.

  • Check out the reading requirements and the suggested summer reading list for the different age groups.
  • View reading logs for tracking progress.
  • Those that complete their reading goals must submit the completion form on the Summer Reading program website before August 19, 2014.
  • Once readers submit the completion form, they will receive a free surprise and will be eligible for the prize drawings!

#2 TD Bank Summer Reading Program (Earn $!)

Money talks at my house! My 9 year old is already working on this one. 

This program is for grades K-5, participating is easy:

  • Read 10 books this summer.
  • Print out the Summer Reading Form.
  • Write down the names of the books you’ve read.
  • Take the form to the nearest TD Bank.
  • Receive $10 in a new or existing Young Saver account.

Find a TD Bank Location near you. 

#3 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading (Earn free books!)

A trip to the Barnes & Noble? Yes, please.

Can someone say air conditioned activity?

Here’s how to get your free book:

  • Read 8 books and record them in your reading journal
  • Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
  • Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store. 

#4 Scholastic Reading Challenge-Reading Under the Stars

Did you know you can register for a Scholastic account as a homeschool family? You can register your child, classroom, or group! 

Read, log minutes, complete weekly challenges, earn rewards! 

#5 Books-a-Million-Summer Reading with John Grisham 

  • Read any six books on the list between now and August 16th
  • Have a parent or guardian sign your form. 
  • Return the form to your local BAM! to receive a free Theodore Boone pencil case and pencil. 
  • Print the form

#6 Book Adventure by Sylvan Learning

I believe this is something you can do year round!

Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. 


How do you keep your kids reading during summer break?

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Adrienne is a Florida homeschooling mom of two boys, follower of Jesus, and lover of words. She's an imperfect parent surviving on God's grace and mercy, lots of yoga, and regular doses of salty ocean air! Find her as @TheMommyMess on Twitter and connect with her on Facebook.