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Top 10 Summer Reading Programs to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning

Updated: Jun 5

As the school year winds down, parents and educators are on the lookout for ways to keep young minds active and engaged. Enter summer reading programs—an excellent blend of fun and learning that encourages kids to explore new stories, develop their skills, and stay intellectually stimulated during the break.

Summer is the perfect time for children to discover new books and ignite their love for reading. These summer reading programs can help! Be sure to browse our Summer Reading Adventures booklist. From beach days to family reunions to days spent playing outdoors with friends, this booklist shares stories that celebrate the fun that the summer months can bring. Scroll to the end of this post or more summer resources, plus a free bingo download.

Summer Reading Programs

Fill out the reading calendar to get free play points.

Read books, write about them in your reading journal and score a free book!

Enroll in their parent-led summer program that runs June-August and opt-in to receive our parent newsletter.

Related Reading: Check out these books that Celebrate Libraries, Books, and the Joy of Reading.

Starting June 1, registered participants have access to printable camp components all summer, including reading lists, activity ideas, and coloring sheets. You can also visit your local HPB to receive a copy of your camper's Summer Reading Log, cool camp stickers, and information on how to earn $5 Bookworm Bucks in June and July!

Libraries are hubs of community engagement. Most libraries offer a various reading programs and events - many include prizes too!

The first 200 families that take the RIF summer reading pledge will receive a copy of the book, A Sofia Special.

Read books, write about them in your logbook and score a free hat!

Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too!

Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free movie 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. 

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


Encourage your little reader to pick up a book this summer by participating in one (or several) of these fun and free programs. Remember to browse our Summer Reading Adventures booklist for fabulous books that celebrate the fun that the summer months can bring,


Looking for more great read aloud ideas? Visit these fabulous book lists:

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