📖 Summer Reading Programs for Children, Tweens, & Teens

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher May 11, 2022

"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book!" ~Dr. Seuss 

It’s no secret that kids who read during the summer months fare better on fall reading tests than kids who don't. A great way to keep them reading is to participate in a Summer Reading Program!

 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Kids in 1st through 6th grade can read any eight books this summer and record them in a Summer Reading Journal. Bring the completed Reading Journal into a Barnes & Noble store from July 1 through August 31, 2022, and your child gets to choose a free book from the list featured on the journal. 

Learn more about the program and get summer reading suggestions for all ages at

 Books Are Awesome! Summer Reading Bingo Challenge

Kids 18 and under are invited to stop by the store, located in Parker, to pick up a Summer Reading Bingo card. Write the name of a book you read from June 1 through August 31, 2022, in one of the squares (you may only use each title one time).

Once you complete a row in any direction (including the FREE SPACE in the center of the card), exchange your Bingo card for a $5 Books Are Awesome! gift card. Complete the entire sheet, and you'll get a gift card and a pin! Visit to learn more and find your next great read!

 Douglas County Libraries – Unlock The Magic

Sign up for DCL’s 2022 Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 4 through July 31, 2022. DCL suggests 900 minutes of reading as a worthy goal, but if this challenge is not right for you or your family, feel free to create your own goal. Kids, teens, and adults can collect a finishing prize for completing a challenge or just having a great summer. 

Look forward to some magical fun, friendly challenges, events, and rewards! Plus, you can help your school win $500 — the school with the most Summer Reading Program sign-ups by July 31 will win!

 The New York Times Summer Reading Contest

Teens worldwide are invited to participate in The New York Times Summer Reading Contest from June 10 through August 19, 2022. Each Friday, The Times poses two questions: "What got your attention in The Times this week? Why?" Responses must be 300 words or fewer; only one submission per person per week.

Teens (ages 13-19) can choose from any article, Op-Ed, video, graphic, podcast, or photograph published in 2022 on any topic they like. Tweens (ages 11-12) can ask an adult to submit a comment via a form on the student's behalf. The New York Times will announce winners every Tuesday and publish their writing.

 Pines & Plains Libraries – Ocean of Possibilities

Registration for the Pines & Plains Libraries' 2022 Summer Reading Program, Ocean of Possibilities, begins May 26. The program will have outdoor events, animal demonstrations, and more fun to keep all ages engaged and interacting. Complete reading logs to earn a prize and be entered to win one of the grand prizes!

Kids, teens, and adults can sign up through ReadSquared and then track their reading. It doesn’t matter if you’re listening to an audiobook, reading to the kids/grandkids, utilizing an e-book app, or enjoying a physical book. All are welcome to participate and join in the fun!

 Pizza Hut Book It Program

Children in Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade can join Camp BOOK IT! Track and reward your kids' reading for June, July, and August 2022.

Meet the monthly reading goal and receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! Fun activities and book recommendations will be shared each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer.

 Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge

Ages 0-13 can join Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge! Kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges, and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content. Enter to be one of 100 winners to receive a drawstring bag full of Scholastic books. The program runs from May 9 through August 19, 2022.

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