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📖 Summer Reading Programs for Children, Tweens, & Teens

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher May 23, 2024

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

Studies have shown that students who read four or more books over the summer — regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement — fare better on reading comprehension tests than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.

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, 2024, and your child can choose a free book from the list featured in the journal. 

Learn more about the program and get summer reading suggestions for all ages at www.barnesandnobleinc.com/our-stores-communities/summer-reading-program.

 Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar

Download a free reading chart, then get reading! Children receive ten free Play Points (with food purchase) for recording their daily reading habits for two weeks. This program runs year-round, and some restrictions apply.

Print your Reading Rewards Calendar to start tracking.

 Douglas County Libraries – Flock to the Library

Soar into summer reading with exciting activities, prizes, and giveaways. DCL's 2024 Summer Reading Program, Flock to the Libary, runs from June 1 through July 31, 2024. 

DCL is giving away sign-up and finishing prizes (while supplies last), and registered participants will be entered into random prize drawings.

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 7 through August 16, 2024. Each Friday, The Times poses the question, "What got your attention in The Times this week?" Students can enter by submitting a short written response or making a video up to 90 seconds long.

Teens can choose from any article, Op-Ed, video, graphic, podcast, or photograph published in 2024 on any topic they like. The New York Times will announce winners every Tuesday and publish their writing on The Learning Network.

 Pines & Plains Libraries – Elbert County Through the Years

The Pines & Plains Libraries' 2024 Summer Reading Program, Elbert County Through the Years, runs from June 1 to July 31, 2024. 

Register for a summer full of reading, activities, and adventure where all ages can read and complete missions to earn points. Earn 1 point for every minute read and 100 points for every activity completed, and the top two readers in each age group will earn prizes!

 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 2024.

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 weekly to keep the fun going throughout the summer.

 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Ages 0-13 can join Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge!

From May 9 through September 12, 2024, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a free and safe digital destination that offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers.

Kids can track their summer reading by reading every day and maintaining a Reading Streak™ in Home Base. The longer a child extends their Reading Streak, the more digital experiences they earn!


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