6 Summer Reading Programs for Your Kids to Enjoy

Texas summers are made for adventures! And some of the best adventures kids can find are discovered in books.

In addition to summer reading programs offered by your local libraries, there are wonderful programs you can find online that provide incentives for kids to read and explore whether they’re by the pool, in a tent, on the beach, or in a hammock!!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Giveaway

Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books. They simply read a designated number of books then write about their favorite part in B&N’s Reading Journal. Through August, when they bring their completed Reading Journal to a B&N bookstore, children can choose a free book from the books listed.

Chuck E. Cheese Reward Your Kids With Family Fun

Looking for a fun and free way to motivate your kiddos to read, do their chores, practice their teamwork skills and more?

Download, print and track progress on the Chuck E. Cheese Rewards Calendars and Behavior Charts for Kids.

Half Price Books Summer Reading Camp

Where online campers can get their fill of fun reads and activities to keep busy during lazy days of summer! Help your kiddos track of their reading to win monthly rewards.

And parents, if you’re looking for a fun way to champion reading during the summer months you can start a lending library in your neighborhood! Enter the HPB Summer Reading Camp Giveaway each week through August 1, and you could win one of nine Half Pint Lending Libraries built by The HPB Woodshoppe and a $100 HPB Gift Card to get you started! Good luck!

H-E-Buddy Summer Reading Club

H‑E‑Buddy is ready for summer fun and summer jamming! All kids have to do is read 10 books and record them on their H-E-B reading log. Once the log is complete, they mail in the form and are be rewarded with a special prize. The programs goes until October 1.

Pizza Hut Camp BOOK-IT!

When your kids meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! Track and reward their reading for June, July, and August in their digital dashboard where they also share fun activities and book recommendations each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer!

Scholastic Home Base Summer Reading Program

A fun, free, and safe program for kids. Through Friday, September 3, kids can read books, attend weekly author events, interact with their favorite characters, play book-based games and activities, join dance parties, and more!

Kids will track their summer reading by maintaining a Reading Streak in Home Base. The longer a child extends their reading streak, the more digital experiences they earn!

By keeping reading streaks in Home Base, kids will also unlock donations of 100,000 books from Scholastic to Save the Children for kids in rural America with limited or no access to books. The Scholastic Summer Reading Promise is to help you get books in the hands of kids, support social-emotional well-being, build skills and create community among kids.

There you have it! Not only do summer reading programs encourage kids to read and celebrate their achievements, they can also help them do good for others by increasing access to books for their peers.

Alisa’s 15 minutes of fame was as a news reporter just after college. These days, she embraces multiple roles – a mom of three (two teenagers and one who is #adulting), a graduate student at UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, and a freelance writer, editor, and tutor. When she’s not hiding out in the library, you can find her next to a chiminea fire on her back patio. She loves indie movies, eclectic music, random road trips, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, her kids, and her cat Jack Jack (although not necessarily in that order). She grew up as a military brat, residing in four countries and eleven states before settling in the Dallas area. After 20 years here, and with the help of her Aggie daughter, she can seamlessly use “y’all” and “howdy” in a sentence like a true native Texan.


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