Get Free Kids Stuff From Summer Reading Programs for Kids

A List of Summer Reading Programs for Kids That Give Free Books, Money and More

Updated for Summer Reading 2017

Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage your child to read over the summer months. So why not give them a little incentive to really get into that summer reading? Especially if those incentives are some great kid freebies!

Below you'll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids free stuff like ​free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more.

Having a tough time getting your child interested in reading this summer? Try downloading a free kids book on your Kindle to get them on board.

Between these summer reading programs, free summer movies, free summer bowling, free summer skating, and all the other summer freebies your kids will be very busy this summer!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program 2017

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This year the Barnes and Noble summer reading program, Summer Reading Triathlon, gives out a free book to each child who complete 3 reading triathlon activities.

There are many free books to choose from and there's something for every kid in grades 1-6.

This summer reading program runs May 16 - September 5, 2017. More

Half Price Books Summer Reading Program 2017

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Half Price Books gives out free gift cards to kids who read books this summer.

When kids read for 300 minutes during both June and July, they'll get a free $5 gift card per month to Half Price Books.

This summer reading program runs June 1 - July 31, 2017. More

Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program 2017

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Kids can get a free Maze Runner series water bottle this summer with the Books-A-Million summer reading program.

The kids must read 4 of the 75+ qualified books, fill out a journal form to show which ones they read, and return it to any Books-A-Million store. More

HEB H.E. Buddy Summer Reading Club 2017

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The H.E. Buddy Summer Reading Club sponsored by H.E.B. grocery stores gives out a free t-shirt for each child who reads 10 books this summer.

This summer reading program is valid now until October 1, 2017. More

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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Scholastic has a summer reading challenge where kids read and then go online to record the minutes they've read this summer. They'll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards.

This summer reading program runs May 8 - September 8, 2017. More

Sync Summer Reading Program for Teens 2017

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Sync has a summer reading program just for teens that will get them two free audio books each week this summer.

Each week there will be a current young adult book as well as a classic title that teens will be able to download for free through the OverDrive app.

This summer reading program runs April 27 - August 16, 2017. More

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards 2017

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Chuck E. Cheese has a summer reading program where kids can earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks.

This summer reading program goes on all year. More

Sylvan's Book Adventure Reading Program 2017

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Sylvan's reading program called Book Adventure encourages children to read books and then take online quizzes over the books to earn points.

These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD's, and games.

This summer reading program is ongoing, all year around. More

Public Library Summer Reading Programs

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Some of the best summer reading programs are at your local public library. Every public library has a different summer reading program but almost all of them have rewards and prizes for kids as well as fun events. More