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Free Summer Reading Programs 2020

If you’re looking for summer reading programs for kids, this is our comprehensive list of all the completely FREE programs!

{Looking for other fun summer deals? Kids can bowl for free and skate for free at many participating locations this summer!

free summer reading programs 2020

Believe it or not, it’s almost that time of year again — when school is out and summer reading programs abound. Yay! (Well, some of you might not be saying “yay!”, but we do because my kids LOVE them some summer reading programs!)

Note: We recommend calling your local stores to verify that they’re participating in these programs this year. Due to COVID, there maybe be some temporary changes in these programs, depending on your region.

Free Summer Reading Programs 2020

Do your kids love to read, too? If so, this is our big list of all the FREE summer reading programs that are available nationally!

Amazon — Kids who read any eight books this summer can 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.

Audiobook Sync — SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads per week for teens 13+. Sign up to get notifications when the free audiobook downloads are available.

Barnes & Noble — Earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for kids in grades 1-6.

  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (PDF download). Tell them which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
  2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st and August 31st, 2020.
  3. Choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.

Books-A-Million — Read any four books from the Summer Reading Adventure section in-store or online, write about them in your summer reading adventure log book, and receive a free Dog Man logo baseball cap (while supplies last).

Chuck E. Cheese — Kids can fill out their Reading Rewards Calendar when they read every day for two weeks, and then trade it in for 10 FREE play points at your local Chuck E. Cheese location.

Half Price Books — Kids 14 or younger can read 15 minutes per day to reach a total of at least 300 minutes. After that, they can take their completed reading log to their local store to earn Bookworm Bucks to spend. (In addition, they have a summer reading program for teens.)

Lifeway Stores– Lifeway typically does a summer reading program where you can receive a free Bible for reading six books. It’s not live yet, but you can sign up to receive a notification when it goes live this year!

Scholastic — The Summer Read-A-Palooza is back again this year! Kids can enter their summer reading minutes online to unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.

Showcase Cinemas — Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. They don’t have the movie schedule up yet, but you can bookmark the page and check back when it goes live for 2020.

TD Bank – Kids in grades Kindergarten through 5th can earn $10 from TD Bank when they read 10 books this summer. Simply print out the Summer Reading Form, write down the names of the books read on the form and then take the form to the nearest TD Bank. You will receive the $10 in a new or existing TD Simple Savings account. (Note: The form hasn’t been updated for 2020 yet, but this program typically returns every year and starts on June 1st.)

Local Libraries — Above all, don’t forget about your local library! Most of them offer fun summer reading programs with prizes and more.

Bonus: Don’t forget about the Pizza Hut Book-It Program that runs each school year!

Download our FREE Kid’s Summer Reading Printable Pack!

free kid's summer reading challenge printable pack

Looking for a fun way to encourage and motivate your kids to read more? Or need a creative way for your kids to keep track of all the books they read through summer reading programs this year?

Be sure to download our FREE Kid’s Summer Reading Printable Pack! It comes with a reading challenge, reading time tracker, and fill-in-the-blank summer reading list.

Do you know of any other Summer Reading Programs we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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13 Comments

  • Jorie Stenson says:

    The restaurant Meatheads has a reading program as well. Below is the link:
    https://www.meatheadsburgers.com/cowmunity/voracious-reading-program/

  • christie fox says:

    The Book Farm, Inc. has summer reading storytimes. “We are happy to announce extended summer hours for our Outlet Store this summer We will be hosting five free ‘Just for kids’ events this summer. Each will be one hour long and include a read-a-loud story, an activity, a free take home surprise for each child who attends and special event discounts on books. These events rotate between weekday evenings and Saturday mornings to better fit busy summer schedules. Although geared for early readers there will be something for all readers to enjoy.
    https://www.thebookfarminc.com/Summer-Events-at-The-Book-Farm-Outlet-Store.html

  • Anne says:

    Is it okay to read 8 books for one reading program and use those same reading minutes for another reading program? Just wondering what you think about that (or should kids use different reading minutes for different reading programs).

    • Valorie says:

      Personally, I will use them for both. I use the actual books for the Barnes and Noble program, and the minutes read from those books in our local library program. I see them as different incentives.
      One awards time read, the other book completion. Plus at B&N they get a prize (book). Out library gives raffle tickets toward prize baskets. So it’s not like I’m just trying to collect “every available freebie.”

    • Hannah says:

      Mine is still young enough that we read a book every night before bed, so we more than read enough books for multiple programs.

    • Karen says:

      If you are participating in your local library’s program, they generally require that the books read come from their library. Grants usually fund at least part of the program and increased circulation is one of the ways they can show that recieving the grant has made a difference.

      • Lea says:

        You may want to check with your local library on this. While I’m sure they prefer you use the library books, ours is more interested in building a habit of reading. Any book is fine. I don’t think ours are funded by grants (the prizes are donated), so that may be the difference.

        Lea

  • Sarah says:

    We will definitely have to look into those- my kid loved filling her reading log during school so I’m sure summer will be no different!

  • Nikki says:

    B&N link is 2019 not 2020 as is TDBank. Got me all excited and ready to go for nothing…

    • Meg says:

      Sorry about that! One of the B&N links was incorrect, but it’s been updated now. The TDBank form is from 2019, because they haven’t updated it yet. But they do it every year and it typically starts on June 1st. I’m betting they’ll change out the form after that date! They haven’t taken down their landing page for it, so I’m sure it’ll still be running this year! -Meg, MSM Team

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