14 Free Summer Reading Incentive Programs 2019

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Summer Reading Programs motivate kids to read over the summer vacation. Adults can help prevent summer slide by providing students with 5+ good fit books.

These 14 summer programs are sure to get all readers excited about reading.

1. Public Libraries

Most public libraries host a free reading program to encourage summer reading. Check with your local library for more information.

2. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Kids earn a free book for reading eight books and writing a summary. Download and print the summer reading journal or visit the nearest Barnes & Noble store.
Grades: 1-6
Program Dates: 8/1-8/31

3. Amazon Summer Reading Challenge

Kids earn a Star Reader Certificate for reading eight books over the summer.
Grades: K-8
Program Dates: Ends 9/2

4. Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge

Kids unlock digital rewards for entering their reading minutes and completing weekly reading challenges. 
Program Dates: 5/6-9/6

5. Pizza Hut Book It! Summer Program

Kids earn prizes for reading five books and completing weekly reading activities. 
Grades: K-6
Program Dates: 6/22-8/15

6. Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards

Kids earn ten free play tokens for reading daily. Download and print the reading rewards calendar.
Program Dates: Year-Round

7. Books-A-Million

Students earn a Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack (while supplies last) for reading four books from the summer reading adventure section and writing a summary. Download and print the summer reading adventure journal.

8. Pottery Barn Kids Weekly Storytime

Head to your nearest Pottery Barn Kids for weekly storytime, activities, and more. Kids receive a special gift after becoming a book club member and attending five events. 
Program Dates: Every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.

9. TD Bank Summer Reading Program

Kids earn $10 in a new or existing TD Simple Savings Account for reading ten books and completing the summer reading form. Visit Wow!Zone a financial literacy program created by TD Bank.
Grades: K-5
Program Dates: 6/1-8/31

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10. DOGOBooks Summer Reading Adventure!

Kids win prizes for reading books and writing reviews. The top ten participants will be eligible to win a prize pack of eight books. The next 25 top participants will be eligible to win a $10 gift card. Download and print the parental consent form to participate.
Program Dates: 5/14-8/18

11. Half-Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

Kids earn Bookworm Bucks for reading 300 minutes and completing a  reading log.

Teens can earn Bookworm Bucks for reading books and writing short reviews.
Grades: K-8
Program Dates: 6/1-7/31

12. Showcase Cinemas

Kids earn free admission to Bookworm Wednesdays at 10 AM for reading books and writing book reports. Students must present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission.
Program Dates: 7/8-7/29

13. New York Times Summer Reading Contest

Students choose anything published on NYTimes.com that sparked their interest and tell why. At the end of the week, judges will publish selected responses.
Program Dates: 6/14-8/23

teens using a laptop together

14. AudioFile SYNC Summer Reading AudioBooks for Teens

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Use the OverDrive app to download two free audiobooks every week over the summer.
Ages: 13+
Program Dates: 4/25-8/01



  1. June 11, 2019 / 7:27 am

    Perfect timing! I have my niece for the summer and she struggled in reading this year so I am looking for ways to engage her easily bored 10yr old mind. I think she’s gonna dig the pizza hut program! Thanks for the list!

  2. June 10, 2019 / 1:54 pm

    Every summer I signed my son up for the Summer Reading Program at the local library. I think I enjoyed it as much as he did. Thanks for supporting READING and the PUBLISHING AND WRITING OF GOOD CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

  3. June 10, 2019 / 11:43 am

    Wow, Great list!!! No reason reading needs to slide during the summer with resources available.

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