summer reading programs

Keep Cool With Summer Reading Programs

Help maintain your child’s scholastic focus during summer break with these free summer reading programs.


Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Keep an eye on Scholastic’s website for updates to their 2022 Summer Reading Challenge. In prior years, kids worldwide could record their minutes read to help unlock book donations for schools across the globe. They’ve also partnered with Home Base, a safe online platform for kids to read e-books and watch author readalongs. Visit

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal

For any children going into grades 1 through 6, they can choose a free book from the store to take home for their own reading adventure. All they have to do is read whatever eight books they desire, complete a reading journal where they write down their favorite part of the book and turn the journal into any local Barnes and Noble between July and August. For more information, visit

Books-A-Million Summer Reading Adventure

Info for summer 2022 is still pending for Books-A-Million’s Summer Reading Adventure, but previous summers had kids read four books from their Summer Reading lists and then complete a short form from their website in exchange for a free gift at one of their locations. For more information, visit

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar

Every book your child reads this summer can earn them 10 Play Points for Chuck E. Cheese games and activities, as long as their parent fills out their calendar and checks off each day they’ve read. Valid until December 31. For more information, visit

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DC Public Library’s Summer Challenge

Did you know that reading just 20 minutes each day keeps your child’s mind active and engaged over the summer? Participating in the DC Public Library’s Summer Challenge is as easy as reading a book, magazine, blog or website. Your child can earn prizes each month while supplies last. For more information, visit


Montgomery County Public Library Summer Read and Learn

MCPL’s Summer Reading Challenge offers kids and teens a chance to fill their summer with great books and fun activities. This summer’s focus, Ocean of Possibilities, will have kids help save the Chesapeake Bay by completing missions and earning badges. For more information, visit

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

More than a traditional summer reading program, Summer Prince George’s encourages children, teens and adults to read 30 minutes each day, attend library programs, explore the physical collection of materials (as well as a wide range of streaming movies and music in the 85+ online library resources) and participate in interactive social media challenges. For more information, visit

Howard County Library Summer Reading Program

Information for HCL’s Summer Reading Program hasn’t been released yet, but previous summers had kids returning a completed Summer Reading Booklet to their local library branch to receive an entry into the end-of-summer prize drawings for each book or activity they completed. Visit soon for more information.


Fairfax County Public Library Summer Reading Adventure

The Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure will run from June 10 to August 12, 2022, and invites all children and teens to read for fun over the summer. Final details for the summer are still being planned, so visit for more information.

Arlington Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Challenge

Information for Arlington Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Challenge is still pending. Visit for final details.

Loudoun County Public Library Tales and Trails

Set a course for adventure with this year’s Summer Reading Program. Create your account online starting Thursday, June 16, and then track your child’s progress as they spend the summer reading great books, completing challenges, attending programs and exploring their community. All ages are invited to join the fun – pre-readers, kids, teens and adults! For more information visit


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