Half Price Books Summer Reading Program for Kids

Free Half Price Books Gift Cards for Kids This Summer

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Updated for the Half Price Books 2017 Summer Reading Program

The Half Price Books summer reading program for kids gives out free Half Price Books gift cards to kids who read for at least 300 minutes during the months of June and July. This program is available to kids preschool through middle school.

The Half Price Books summer reading program for 2017 is called Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program and it runs from June 1 to July 31, 2017.

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Rewards Available From the Half Price Books Summer Reading Program

If a child reads at least 300 minutes during June and July they can submit their reading log to get $5 worth of HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month. These can be applied to a pre-tax amount of a single transaction.

How to Get Free Gift Cards From the Half Price Books Summer Reading Program

Visit the Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program website, and download the Feed Your Brain Reading Log. They'll need two logs, one for June and one for July.

Each day your child reads during June and July have them write the number of minutes they've read on that day on the calendar. The goal is to read at least 15 minutes each day of the week.


At the end of each week, kids can add up their week's total minutes and have a grown-up initial it. Total minutes for the month can be added up at the bottom of the calendar.

After the child has read at least 300 minutes, fill out their name, age, and total minutes, as well as your name, email, and location information.

Cut out the completed part of the form and bring it to your local Half Price Books to get your reward. The reading logs are due no later than August 31, 2017.

Encouraging Your Child Through the Half Price Books Summer Reading Program

Half Price Books has some printables that will help encourage your kids to keep up reading and recording their minutes this summer. There's a free, printable bookmark they can use that has details of the program as well as Half Price Books staff picks fo preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8.

When they are finished with a week, a month, or the whole program, you can fill out a ​Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Reading Award to keep them encouraged about their progress. 

If you want to make some suggestions on what your child reads this summer, Half Price Books has put together a list of best alphabet books, 40 books every child should read, and 21 books to start baby's library.

Limits to Be Aware Of

The reading program is for kids 14 years of age or younger, in 8th grade or under. There's a limit of one reading log per month, for each child.

The HPB Bookworm Bucks expire August 31, 2017.