6 Summer Reading Programs Where Kids Earn FREE Books & Prizes

Make 2020 A Summer of Learning!

By Courtney Daly-Pavone June 19, 2020

Earn A Free Book @ Barnes and Noble!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program is back! The reading program gives out a free book to each child who reads and records 8 books during the summer. There are many free books to choose from and there's something for every kid in grades 1-6. This summer reading program runs July 1 - August 31, 2020.

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza!

Children log in their reading time two days in a row, and scholastic donates six books to the United Way

To enter: Kids can go to Scholastic Home Base to create their own personal and secure account and track their Reading Streaks. A Reading Streak is the number of days in a row that a student checks in to the Summer Zone on Home Base. If you skip a day, it starts over. Reading Streaks help unlock a donation of 100,000 print books from Scholastic distributed by United Way to kids in areas with limited or no access to books. For every two days in a row kids track their reading streaks, Scholastic will donate six books. 

*Parents can go to Scholastic Summer for free summer reading resources, including book lists, articles, podcasts,and more.

Calling All Artists! J.K. Rowling Needs Your Help!

Your child's artwork can be featured in J.K. Rowlings new children's book The Ickabog. 

To Enter: 

1. Read J.K. Rowling's The Ickabog available online for free at:  

 2. Check out the illustration themes each weekday when a new installment of the story is posted. 

3. Children (age 7-12) must create a hand-drawn or hand-painted illustration based on one of the illustration themes, using a single sheet of standard letter-sized (8-1/2" x 11") unlined paper, in portrait/vertical orientation.

 4.  Scan/photograph your child's artwork and use the official entry form to submit your entry before 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, July 17, 2020.


34 winning illustrations will be included in the print and ebook editions of J.K. Rowling's The Ickabog, to be published by Scholastic in November 2020.

Each winner will also receive a copy of the book signed by the author and a prize package of $650 worth of Scholastic books for the entrant's school or library of choice. 

Earn Free Play Points @ Chuck E. Cheese

Download the reading rewards calendar and mark off every day your child reads to earn 10 free play points at Chuck E. Cheese. Kids can also earn play points from The Tooth Fairy, being a good student, potty training and more!

Read Books Earn Pizza @ Pizza Hut!

Pizza Hut Book It is a program, for kindergarten through 6th grade. Kids who meet reading requirements can earn a Reading Award Certificate, redeemable for a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut. Teachers can sign up for this program, and there’s also a homeschool option! Enroll now for next Fall. Packages including coupons for Free pan pizzas will be mailed in September of this year.

Don't Forget to Register Your Child With The San Diego Public Library Summer Reading Program Click Here!

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