Free Summer Reading Programs

Looking for all the free 2021 summer reading programs? Here is a roundup in one place of all the best summer programs for your kids!

It’s that time of year! Summer is almost here and the kids are finishing up school. One of my favorite parts of summer as a kid was working through all the reading programs we could find. Free summer reading programs are a frugal source of fun while encouraging reading. Really, what’s not to love about free summer reading programs?

I love that so many of the free summer reading programs are available for babies and toddlers now because creating a good reader starts long before they enter school. As an avid reader myself, I am also glad that several of the book programs include adults now. Yes, the tracking has gone digital now for many programs but if it gets us a chance to earn free books? We’re all in!

I just finished signing the kids up for several of the free summer reading programs listed below and printed off the appropriate logs. We will hang the lists on our refrigerator, and if it’s app based (like our library now), my plan is to log those at night. We read a lot in our family so it won’t take us long to work through these summer reading programs but we will have fun every minute of it!

This is the current free summer reading programs list for 2021. I have included the dates, ages and program websites below to make it easy for you to sign up as well. Happy summer reading to you and your kids!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program


Dates:
June 1 through August 31, 2020
Ages: Grades 1 to 6
Directions: Read any 8 books this summer and complete the summer reading log found online. Bring your completed form to any Barnes and Noble store in August and choose a free book from their provided list. You can find a link to the printable reading journal on their Summer Reading page. 

Half Price Books Summer Reading Program


Dates:
June and July 2021
Ages: Preschool to High School
Directions: I haven’t seen details for Half Price Books released yet. In the past, when you read 300 minutes a month, kids could earn a $5 Half Price Books Buck to spend in the store. I hopeful this program returns after they went virtual last year! Hopefully more details should be available soon on the Half Price Books Summer Reading Program page. 

Camp Book It Summer Reading Program


Dates:
June, July and August 2021
Ages: Ages 4 to 12
Directions: We all loved Book It when we were in school, right? Now they have made a summer program where parents can enroll their kids! It’s all done online and you can print off their free mini personal pan pizza certificates (same fun reward!) when the reading goal is met. Register your kids here for Camp Book It Summer Reading Program. 

Concordia Publishing House Summer Reading Program


Dates:
June 1 to August 13, 2021
Ages: 0 to Adult
Directions: Log any book online you read over the summer and receive points for each book read. You earn 50 points for any book and 100 points for any book published by CPH. Log 1000 points and be entered to win a prize. You receive a prize entry every time you reach 1000 points. In the past, my children have received a free book in the mail once they reached 1000 points. No details given but it was always a pleasant surprise when it happened. You can set up a family account to log books for multiple users. More details available on the CPH Reads website. 

Local Library Summer Reading Programs


Every local library offers a summer reading program so be sure to check yours! The details below are for the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for an example. 

Dates: June 1 to July 31, 2021
Ages: 0 to Adult
Directions: Register online with the Beanstack App and log your reading. Children can pick a prize and 2 free books at the library for completing levels. Teens earn a prize ticket for each hour read. Adults earn a prize ticket for each hour read, plus a free snack bag. More details available on the ACPL Summer Reading Guide. 

Do you have any other free summer reading programs to add to this list?

If you are looking for more frugal family fun, be sure to download this free summer bucket list printable for families. 

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2 Comments

  1. We had a great experience with the Department of Defense-Morale, Welfare and Recreation reading program for military families. Since we don’t use the base library (our public library is much closer and has great hours of operation) we do the virtual summer reading program. Last year my kids earned a kite and a stuffed dog. This year I’ve signed up to do it as well. Program begins June 1 but you can pre-register today. https://www.ila.org/dodsumread/

    We’re also doing the CPH reading program. This is our first year participating in that one so I’m excited to see how it goes.

    1. I absolutely LOVE that there is a reading program for military families! What a wonderful option…especially with the virtual program! Thanks for sharing that, Leslie! And yes. We quickly hit our 1000 points needed the kids, and last year, my kids all got nice hard cover books in the mail at the end of the summer so totally worth it!

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