Do your kids need a little motivation to read this summer? Would a free Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut, movie tickets, or free tokens to Chuck E. Cheese convince them to grab a book or two? Here’s a list of some amazing free summer reading programs and challenges for 2021 that are sure to get kids revved up for reading and help them avoid the infamous summer slide.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program
Reading “pays” this summer for kids in grades K to 5 who read 10 books and bring a completed TD Summer Reading Form (available online) to a local TD branch. Participants receive $10 to add to an existing or new TD Simple Savings Account.
Pizza Hut’s Camp BOOK IT!
Kids can earn up to three free one-topping Personal Pan Pizzas from Pizza Hut this summer when they reach their monthly reading goals. This summer reading program also offers kids access to online activities and weekly book recommendations.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
To earn a free book from Barnes & Noble, kids in grades 1-6 simply have to read eight books and write about them in a B&N Reading Journal (available online). Bring the completed journal to a local Barnes & Noble in July or August to choose from a variety of titles.
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards
Challenge your kids to read every day for two weeks in a row to earn 10 free tokens. Keep track of their progress on the Reading Rewards Calendar (available online), and bring the completed form in to your nearest Chuck E. Cheese to redeem your tokens.
Showcase Cinema’s Bookworm Wednesdays
To keep kids reading all summer long, young readers can present a book report each week to a participating theater to earn a free ticket to a select children’s film. Accompanying grown-ups and kids under six are admitted to the movie free of charge.
Scholastic Home Base Summer Zone
Kids can visit this online destination all summer long to read books, watch author read-alouds, meet favorite Scholastic characters, interact with authors and other readers, and earn rewards. Plus, readers will have an opportunity to help Scholastic donate 100,000 books to kids in rural America with limited or no access to books by keeping track of their own Reading Streaks.
Amazon Books Summer Reading Challenge and Amazon.com Summer Reading Journey
The Summer Reading Challenge runs in Amazon Books locations from June 15-August 23, and is open to students in grades K-8. Participants who read seven books and turn in a completed sign-up sheet at any Amazon Books location can receive a personalized certificate and one free book from select National Geographic Kids titles. Sign-up sheets will be available in stores starting June 15. If you don’t live near an Amazon Books store, you can still access summer reading resources online through Amazon.com’s Journey into Reading program. Look for free activity sheets and a rotating list of topics and age-appropriate book recommendations from Amazon Books Editors and teachers.
Books-A-Million’s Summer Reading Adventure
Kate DiCamillo fans, will jump at the chance to participate in this year’s BAM summer reading program featuring the best-selling author. Kids choose four books from the store’s Summer Reading Adventure booklist (available online and in stores) and write about them in the Summer Adventure Reading Log. Just bring a completed log in to your local Books-A-Million store to claim your free Because of Winn-Dixie notepad and pen.
SYNC Summer Reading Program
For teens (age 13 and up), SYNC offers a program that provides access to free audiobooks all summer long. Registered users get up two free thematically-paired audiobooks each week, for 14 weeks.
Summer Reading with a Professional Sports Team (links below)
Score free tickets to a game or special event this summer by participating in a reading program with a professional sports team. These are just a few of the initiatives up and running right now: Reading with the Rays (Tampa Bay Rays), BLOOPER’s Book Club (Atlanta Braves), Eric Nadel’s Summer Reading Club (Texas Rangers), and Washington Nationals fans can find special activities and prizes offered at their local libraries. Check out your local teams to see if there’s a summer reading program near you.