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2018 Kids FREE Summer Reading Programs

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Barnes and Nobles is participating in these kids free summer reading programs.

Looking for a way to entertain the kids this summer and challenge their minds at the same time?

Here are more than a dozen kids free summer reading programs you’ve gotta check out…


1. Barnes & Noble

Through September 3rd, Barnes & Noble will be hosting a Summer Reading Program where kiddos in grades 1-6 can earn a completely FREE book by following these easy steps!

  1. Download the summer reading journal.
  2. Have your child read ANY 8 books this summer and record them in the journal.
  3. Head to your nearest Barnes & Noble and turn in the completed journal by September 3rd, 2018. Find a location near you.
  4. Choose a free book from the books listed on the back of the reading journal – limit one free book per child!

2. Barefoot Books

When you sign up for the Barefoot Books Summer Reading Club, you’ll get FREE access to the members-only Summer Reading Clubhouse, where you’ll find the following…

  • A Welcome Letter with need-to-know summer reading tips
  • An exclusive membership certificate for your child to color
  • A kid-friendly reading log and special Kindness Kingdom Book Report, so your child can track this summer’s adventures
  • A recommended reading list, highlighting favorite books to build kindness in children as young as infants through early elementary
  • Official Club activities for your child to enjoy
  • And more — all for FREE!

All of this will be emailed for FREE to your inbox when you join the Barefoot Books Summer Reading Club.


3. Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese has a reading program (as well as other reward programs) where kids can earn 10 FREE Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading every day for 2 weeks. This promotion is valid all year round. Note that a food purchase is required in order to redeem 10 tokens.


4. Half Price Books

From June 1st through July 31st, kids aged 14 and under (or 8th grade and under) can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks (store credit) to use in the store whenever they’ve read 300+ minutes. Just download and use this reading log, add up your minutes, and have a parent/guardian initial each week.

Then bring the reading log to your local Half Price Books to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 30th, 2018. Each child can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks for the month of June AND $5 for July.


5. Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a FREE online reading program for children that runs now through September 8th, 2018. After registering, kiddos can read as many minutes as they can, log their minutes, and then earn digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges! Visit Scholastic’s site for more details and to see the book list.


6. Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program

To help increase reading time during the summer months, the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program has partnered with Candlewick Press to bring your kids summer reading activities. Just visit the BOOK IT! site and click on the links to learn more about the books and to download the activities. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook for chances to win awesome prize packs this summer!

Homeschooling parents: Will you be homeschooling kids from Kindergarten through 6th grade (ages 5-12 years old) beginning September 1, 2018?

If so, sign up for the Pizza Hut Book It Program so your kiddos can score a free Personal Pan Pizza every month during the 2018-2019 school year when they reach certain reading goals (i.e. number of books, number of pages, or number of minutes).

Note that homeschool group/co-op orders are not accepted; all individual families must enroll separately. If you are not a homeschooler, you can visit this website to see if your school is registered and signed up to participate in the Book It program.


7. LifeWay Summer Reading Quest

Starting June 1st through August 31st, LifeWay stores are launching their 2018 Summer Reading Quest with Bibleman. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6, but all are welcome to join in the adventure. Just read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses.

Then, when you turn in a completed summer reading journal by August 31st at your local LifeWay store, you earn a FREE book (choose from 6 options) and a new FREE Bible, while supplies last!


8. Books-A-Million

This summer, when you read any 4 books from the Books-A-Million Summer Reading Challenge selection in-stores and online, you’ll receive a FREE Pencil Case with Pencils! Note that you must present the completed reading journal in-store to receive the freebie, while supplies last.


9. SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

SYNC is a FREE program for readers ages 13+ that gives away 2 FREE complete audiobook downloads every week each Summer. Through July 26th, each week SYNC features high-interest titles based on weekly themes, and the files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available.

The audiobook downloads are in MP3 format and delivered through the OverDrive app which can be easily downloaded for FREE. Visit their site for more information and to download your FREE audiobooks.


10. Showcase Cinemas

During the summer months, Showcase Cinemas offers Bookworm Wednesdays that entitles kids to FREE admission to a select children’s film when they 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 and do not need to submit a book report.


11. Pottery Barn Kids

Every Tuesday at 11AM, attend FREE Story Time at your local Pottery Barn Kids with readings, activities, and more. Plus, become a Pottery Barn Kids Club member and you’ll get a special surprise after attending five events (possibly a $10 off purchase coupon, free book, or another prize).


12. Public Library

Be sure to check your local public library as many libraries have a kids’ reading rewards program, as well as FREE story time, family movie days, activities, and more throughout the summer.


13. TD Bank

Reading Books

The Summer Reading Program encourages students in grades K-5 to keep their reading skills sharp during summer vacation and also helps them to save money. TD Bank deposits $10 into a new or existing TD Simple Savings account when each child completes their own reading challenge of 10 books.

*Note that this landing page has not been updated for 2018, so be sure to keep checking this page as it will hopefully be updated soon. Also, be sure to contact your local location to verify participation.


NOTE – Bookmark and keep checking back on this post, as several sites have not updated their landing pages or reading forms for 2018. We will add any new information as it becomes available!

Happy Reading! 📚

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Comments 23

  1. Mary

    Awesome programs, will show it to parents

    • kat

      this program is amazing

  2. sumo

    Thanks for the list!

  3. Belle

    Love this!

  4. Cathy

    Please help me find the Barnes and Noble Reading Program Journal. The links don’t work.

  5. Marni

    The Barnes and Noble program is so wonderful! Not to be missed! I had a tough time locating their journal as well, so here are some additional instructions, in case it helps. Click on the Hip2Save link above that says “Summer Reading Journal”, scroll down just a little to where it says “Kids Earn a Free Book” – just below that you will see a link that says “English” Click on that one for the journal. 🙂

    • Cathy

      Thanks a bunch…found it!

  6. Allison

    This might depend on your specific Barnes and Noble but our local one even lets pre-K students participate! They just have to pick from the first grade selection of books.

    • Michelle

      Our Barnes and Noble does this too, and even lets kids complete the form over and over during the summer! Free book every time!

    • Kristen

      Thank you!!

  7. Amy

    Thank you!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Amy!

  8. lisab

    I wish these programs would include teens. That’s when they start to lose interest and need incentives. At least my library has a program.

    • Michelle

      Our library offers an adult summer program with prizes😊

  9. apwade21

    Love this!

  10. Megan

    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Libray sends free books monthly for children from birth – age 6 (I think that’s the cut off.) We have been using this for nearly 4 years now and my son looks forward to it every month! It’s not available in every area, but you can check out info here: https://imaginationlibrary.com

  11. ashley

    If my kid is finishing kindergarten and starting 1st grade in the fall, can he do the Barnes and Noble program?

  12. Ann

    Because I couldn’t find updated information, I contacted H-E-B Grocery Corporate a couple of weeks ago; and they assured me that their program will take place this year. I believe it begins July 1st. :~)

  13. Yky

    Does anyone know if Scholastic will be doing the summer free book thing with Walmart, again? Or is their summer reading challenge replacing that?

  14. G

    It is difficult to sign up as a parent on the Scholastic website.

  15. Gretch

    How young can they start?

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