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.
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.
Reward your kids all summer long with Camp BOOK IT! Track and reward your kids’ reading for June, July and August in their digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! They’ll also share fun activities and book recommendations each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer! Enroll today! Sign up here.
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, 2022, 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.
Get Georgia Reading
During the summer months away from school, it’s crucial that children have access to healthy meals, safe environments, and books and educational opportunities so they can keep learning.
Public and private partners across Georgia—including the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), 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 this online toolkit with resources for summer reading, learning, safety, and meals.
We encourage 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 we can share it with others.
Find out about all the opportunities here.
Half Priced Books Summer Reading Program
Sign up for HPB’s Summer Reading Camp! Starting June 1 all registered campers will be able to download printable camp components all summer long, including book recommendation lists, craft and activity ideas, coloring sheets, and reward stickers. Check out the schedule and register your camper to join in on the fun!
June 1 – June 19: Camp Creativity (arts and crafts)
June 20 – July 4: Camp Discovery (math and science)
July 5 – July 17: Camp Motion (sports and dance)
July 18 – July 31: Camp Imagination (music and drama)
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! Be sure to check their website regularly for information on various programs and events they will offer throughout the summer.
Find out more here.
Science ATL Robot Revival Book Club
During the months of June and July, Science ATL will pair captivating and exploratory activities, events, and challenges with science-based books the entire family can enjoy! This multigenerational program will provide reading material for various age groups, centered around the same themes, for a collective and fun learning experience! This summer their theme is Into the Depths! In June, they’ll take you on a literary journey into the depths of outer space, For July, you’ll stay here on Earth, but go as deep as you can to uncover the mysteries of the ocean. There is so much to discover! By registering for their family book club, you will receive our monthly book club guides that include activities, recipes, discussion questions, and additional content to explore! Stay tuned for more communication about the book club including a full book list and events calendar!
Coweta County Public Library
SRC Challenge 2022! This Summer there are Oceans of Possibilities for the whole family. Register online and drop by the library to pick up your Welcome Pack! Join us for our SRC Kickoff for an extra special program! Reading begins June 11!
Scholastic’s Summer Reading Program
The Scholastic Summer Reading program offers kids an exciting, free, and safe summer reading experience, while helping to provide books to kids with limited or no access over the summer, keeping every child reading.
From now until August 19, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base (scholastic.com/homebase), a free digital destination that offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7. 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!