Summer Reading for the Kiddos

A girl laying on the floor surrounded by books.

It’s time for summer reading. Alongside our diligent reading, we are encouraging the little one in out lives to to be our accountability partners. Once upon a time, summer reading was a bore, a chore and an activity looked down on; we are here to announce reading is getting more and more appealing!


Barnes & Noble

This year the Barnes and Noble summer reading program, Summer Reading Triathlon, gives out a free book to each child who complete 3 reading triathlon activities.

There are many free books to choose from and there’s something for every kid in grades 1-6.

This summer reading program runs May 16 – September 5, 2017.



Half Price Books


(Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)

Visit the Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program website, select the printables category and from there you can open up the Feed Your Brain reading log.

Each day your child reads during June and July have them write the number of minutes they’ve read on that day on the calendar. They can add up the total minutes at the bottom of the calendar.

After the child has read at least 300 minutes, fill out their name, age, and total minutes, as well as your name, email, and location information.

Download and use this reading log, add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you’ve reached 300 or more minutes, bring your log to your local HPB to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 31, 2017.



Pottery Barn Kids

Each Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the New York City store) there’s a themed summer book club meeting. There’s a book read a loud in addition to special activities based on the theme.

More here.



You can now pre-register your classes and reading groups for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

Join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by grabbing your favorite books, logging your reading minutes, and most importantly, having fun all summer long!

Scholastic has a summer reading challenge where kids read and then go online to record the minutes they’ve read this summer. They’ll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards.

This summer reading program runs May 8 – September 8, 2017. More



Showcase Cinemas

Bookworm Wednesday Header


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. Bookworm Wednesdays will resume in summer 2017.


Chuck E. Cheese


Pizza and Token Rewards Calendars reward your kids in a great way!

Download and print out Chuck E.’s Rewards Calendars. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in a completed calendar to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward.


Do you know any summer reading programs? Feel free to share:)

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