📖 Summer Reading Programs for Children, Tweens, & Teens

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher May 29, 2021

"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 July 1 through August 31, 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 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 also get a gift card and a pin! Visit to learn more and find your next great read!

  Broncos Bookworms

More info coming soon, or visit

  Douglas County Libraries – Galaxy DCL: To Books and Beyond

Sign up for DCL’s 2021 Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 5–July 31. DCL suggests 1000 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. 

Register before June 14 to enter the 10 Days of Giveaways contest for a chance to win one of 90 amazing prizes! 

Enter a photo contest to win an Ultimate Galaxy DCL Prize. Submit your best far-out-summer or Galaxy DCL photo on Facebook or use #tobooksandbeyond on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to win. The photo with the most votes wins!

Look forward to some out-of-this-world fun, friendly challenges, events, and rewards! Stay tuned to Douglas County Libraries Facebook page for more information.

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 11–August 21, 2021. 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 2021 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.

  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. 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. The program runs from April 26 through September 3, 2021.

  Shelf Stuff Summer Reading Challenge

Harper Collins created Shelf Stuff just for middle-grade readers. More info coming soon.

  Tails and Tales

Pines & Plains Libraries registration for the 2021 Summer Reading Program will be live in mid-May. “Tails and Tales” with outdoor programs, 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!

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