Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program for Kids

Kids Can Earn Free Books From Barnes and Noble This Summer

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Check back in April for Barnes and Noble's 2017 summer reading program details. Below you'll find the information for last year's program. This year is expected to be similar.

The Barnes and Noble summer reading program for kids gives kids a free book when they read 8 books over the summer.

Their summer reading program for 2016 was called Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon.

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How to Get Free Books From the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Visit Barnes and Noble summer reading program to download and print a reading journal. Fill out the student information on the first page of the journal. A parent must sign on this page in order for the child to get a free book.

In the reading log, your child will need to pick 3 of the 4 triathlon events to get their free book. They can choose to answer the following questions:

  • What book made you read faster than ever before?
  • What is the longest book you've ever read?
  • In which series have you read the most books?
  • What book made you stretch your imagination the most?

For the ones that they choose they'll need to complete the title and author of the book.

Bring the completed and signed reading journal into your local Barnes and Noble book store between May 17, 2016 and September 6, 2016.

Present it to an employee and they will let your child choose a book from the free book list.

The Free Books Available From the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

There's a wide variety of free books available for kids from the Barnes and Noble summer reading program. Here's what was available in 2016:

Children in grades 1 and 2 are eligible to receive one of the following books:

  • Detective Camp (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #1)
  • DK Readers Level 1: Jungle Animals
  • Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler
  • Jorge el Curioso: El pueto de limonada
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson Series #1)
  • Pet the Cat: Scuba-Cat
  • Pinkalicious and Planet Pink
  • Stowaway! (Puppy Pirates Series #1)
  • The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks

Kids that are in grades 3 and 4 can pick out one of these books:

  • The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War Series #3)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
  • I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survive Series #2)
  • Justice League vs. Bizarro League (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Series)
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish 
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  • Stuart Little

Those children that are in grades 5 and 6 can choose from this list of books:

  • The Bravest Princess
  • Chomp
  • Esperanza renace
  • Lea Dives In
  • The Night Gardener
  • President of the Whole Fifth Grade
  • Story Thieves (Story Thieves Series #1)
  • Travel Team

Other Features of the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

The Barnes and Noble summer reading program website also has parent and educator activity kits. These kits include fun activities about reading that can be completed with a child.

Limits to Be Aware Of

The Barnes and Noble summer reading program is only available to school-aged children in grades 1-6.

Only one book is available for each child who completes a reading journal and choice must be made from the selected books available at the store.