Are you looking for summer reading programs for your children? We have some great ideas to share with you! You’ll also find book lists, free printable tracking sheets, and more! This article is updated each spring with new summer reading program information. Have a happy summer!
For Children, Teens, and Parents
We know that most summer reading programs are for children in the K-6th grade range, but there is a program we found that is for teens! Be sure to scroll down to the “Got Teens?” section to read about it.
Also, we want to encourage parents to participate in summer reading along with your children! Even though most summer reading programs only provide incentives and rewards for children, it’s still a great idea to let your children see you reading just for fun!
2019 Summer Reading Information
Barnes & Noble
This summer reading program is for everyone from young children to adults! Click on the link below to find the Barnes & Noble summer reading information, download their Summer Reading Journal, and get started reading your way to a free book! Students in grades 1-6 can earn a free book (selected from a list). Barnes & Noble is also offering special offers and discounts on books for teens and adults to make it easier for you to enjoy some great books this summer.
LifeWay is offering a summer reading program this year from June 3 to August 31! This program encourages families to read and to memorize Scripture verses too. The program is geared toward students in grades 1 through 6, but everyone is welcome to join in the fun and enjoy reading over the summer! At the link below, you’ll find summer reading suggestions along with the link you’ll need at the end of the summer to submit your summer reading and claim your prize (for students in grades 1-6).
Scholastic is having a Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge! This is a free program designed to be educational and fun. Over the course of the challenge, children can enter their summer reading minutes online to unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges.
This summer, Books-a-Million has teamed up with Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, to offer a fun summer reading program! Students of any age can participate! Each student needs to read 4 books from the Summer Reading Adventure section of the store (either in store or online). Then he or she will need to write (briefly!) about each book in the Summer Reading Adventure Journal. Once the books have been read and the journal has been done, students must take the completed journal in to a local store to claim a free Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack. (Just so you know, students don’t have to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. There are lots of book choices!)
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays
Showcase Cinemas (including Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas) is offering a summer reading program to encourage young children to read this summer! Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s movie when they present a book report. (Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report.)
Your Local Public Library
Most local public libraries offer summer reading programs too! Be sure to check with the library in your area to see what they have to offer and join in the fun!
Sync is offering a free audiobook summer reading program for teens ages 13+! Sync is giving away two complete audio book downloads each week based on weekly themes. Participants can sign up for alerts (to let them know when new titles are available) by text message or email, or they can visit the site each week. (Titles change every Thursday at 7 a.m. Eastern.) NOTE: Hip Homeschool Moms doesn’t know what titles will be offered or if the titles are appropriate for your teen. Parents should work with teens to make these decisions.
Book Suggestions for Any Summer
Book Suggestions for Preschool Through Lower Elementary Ages
Book Suggestions for Upper Elementary Ages
Book Suggestions for Preteen Girls
Book Suggestions for Teens
Book Suggestions for Moms
If you’re a mom who wants to slow down this summer and let God work in your life, you’ll love these book suggestions!
This article challenges you to read ten different kinds of books this summer–some of which you may have read before and some that may be new to you. It suggests categories or topics (along with some book suggestions) and encourages you to choose books that fit that category as well.
Read Aloud Suggestions and Information
Why should you read aloud to your children this summer (or any time of year!)? Here are some reasons you may not have thought about!
Are you looking for ways to build some read-aloud time into your schedule this summer? We have some suggestions!
Here you’ll find a few great suggestions for books you might want to read aloud to your children this summer.
If you want to help your children love read-aloud time, these ideas will help!
Looking for a long list of read-aloud choices for your elementary-aged kiddos? This is it!
And More Fun Stuff!
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This article shares some simple summer reading “rules” and a free printable tracking sheet.
Many of us make extra visits to the zoo over the summer, so why not make it even more fun by incorporating a scavenger hunt and reading some fun books to go along with the experience?
Whether you’re planning a trip to the beach or to a theme park like SeaWorld, it’s easy (and fun!) to read some related books! Here you’ll find book suggestions for everyone from young children to high school students.
If you’re looking for books for all ages that feature homeschooled children, you’ll find some great suggestions here!
Want to incorporate art and literature into your summer fun? This article shares suggestions and ideas for both.