2020 FREE Summer Reading Programs
When it comes to summer, reading may not be the first thing—or even in the top ten things—kids have in mind! But that does not have to be the case! Have you ever heard of the “summer slide?” Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and improve their language skills. If your child does not read regularly over the summer, they usually see a decline in their reading ability when school starts back up. The “summer slide” can be avoided by ensuring that your child is reading every day. Encourage your children to read books they enjoy for at least 30 minutes each day. If you allow them choice in what they read, they are more likely to enjoy reading. You can also check out one of the FREE summer reading programs listed below.
Amazon Summer Reading Program
Read 8 books this Summer and get a FREE book! It’s that simple. To redeem, they bring their list of books read to the nearest Amazon Retail Store to receive a Star Reader Certificate and their choice of a free book. Find out all the details here.
Atlanta Hawks Check It Out Reading Challenge
Students in grades K-12 who successfully read at least five books will receive:
- Check it Out Reading Challenge bookmarks available to print Here! Bookmark 1 | Bookmark 2
- A free youth ticket with the purchase of at least 1 adult ticket to a 2020-21 Atlanta Hawks regular-season game
Find out more here.
Barnes and Noble
Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program is back to give young readers the opportunity to earn a free book by following these three easy steps:
1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (download here).
For more information on summer reading for all ages, visit BN.com/SummerReading and click your child’s age category! You can also follow along on social using the hashtag #BookYourSummer.
Sign up here for weekly emails that provide summer reading activities for kids.
Books a Million
Choose any 4 books from the Summer Adventure section in-store or online. Write about the books you read on the Summer Adventure Reading Journal. Show your completed journal to a store associate to get your FREE Dog Man “Supa Buddies” hat. You can get all the information here.
Through December 31, 2020, Chuck E. Cheese will reward kids for good behavior with its calendars. Download a Reading Rewards Calendar and your child can mark off each day what he or she reads. When the calendar is full, which takes two weeks, turn it into your local Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free game tokens. The cool thing is you can reprint a new calendar and start again!
Get all the details here and check out some other cool rewards calendars.
Read & Win Prizes! How it works…
Join and add your favorite books to your summer reading log.
Read books and write as many original reviews as you can.
The more reviews you write, the higher your chances of winning.
Ten (10) participants who review the most books will be eligible to win a Prize Pack of the eight books shown here. The next twenty-five (25) participants with the most reviews will be eligible to win a $10 Gift Card.
For complete details, refer to their website.
Get Georgia Reading
Public and private partners across Georgia—including the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Governor’s Office of Student Achievement—have come together to create an online toolkit with resources for summer reading, learning, safety, and meals. Check out the toolkit here.
They are encouraging you to connect with other Georgians this summer by using the hashtag #SchoolsOutGA to share photos, videos, and stories that show how your family is incorporating these tools into your everyday life. You can also submit your story to us so that they can share it with others.
Lifeway Summer Reading Program
Join the 2020 summer reading adventure, hosted by Jake, Sophia, and Brody from the Secret Slide Money Club Series, June 1 to Aug. 31. They want to help you and your family promote the love of reading in your home and you can find more here. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6 and even toddlers, ages 1 to 5, but all are welcome to join in the adventure.
Visit your local library’s website for information on how to check out ebooks or georgialibraries.org for information on libraries statewide.
Fayette County Library
This summer, out of an abundance of caution, the Fayette County Library has decided not to have children’s gatherings inside the library as part of the summer reading program. They are providing a variety of hands-on, interactive, creative, and screen-free activities as possible.
To learn more about how their challenge will work, click here.
Be sure to check out some of their additional links below:
Peachtree City Library
Join Beanstack (free) and earn virtual badges for every 30 minutes read!
PRIZES: Every five hours (up to 20 hours) will be rewarded with a SRP themed dog tag for pickup at the library beginning July 6th. You may earn two more unique dog tags for completing activities. Read 25 hours and receive a free book. ALL PRIZES ARE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
Find out more here.
Tyrone Public Library
They are providing family packets full of songs, crafts, games, and activities for kids of all ages to enjoy at home. Be sure to register. Find out more here.
Coweta County Public Library
Coweta County Summer Reading Virtual Programs begin June 1 from the comfort of your home and registration is now open for their Summer Reading Challenge. Visit https://coweta.beanstack.org to sign up, or download the Beanstack app from the App Store or Play Store. Log your summer reading to earn badges and prizes.
They will also offer summer storytime and STEAM craft bags while supplies last. Call to reserve your craft bag or pick up your craft bag from your local branch. Each bag includes materials and ideas to continue the fun at home.
Be sure to check out their Facebook page here for more information on what they will have available this summer.
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months.
From now until September 4, 2020, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content. Find out more here.
Be sure to check out our blog post about why reading is important here. If you know of other reading programs we have missed, please let us know!