Summer Reading Freebies for Kids 2023


Keep the kids reading this summer by enticing them with FREE STUFF!  Yes, you can get free stuff for reading!

First and foremost, I want to encourage you to check out your local library.  Librarians pour their heart and soul into summer reading programs.  We actually participate in several programs over the summer because we have so many great libraries around us.  G racks up every summer on freebies – and sometimes I do too!  Gift cards, food coupons, new books, games – so many prizes!

BUT there are other places to score free stuff for reading books this summer!

Barnes & Noble

Visit Barnes and Noble summer reading program to download and print a reading journal. Fill out the student information on the first page of the journal. A parent must sign on this page in order for the child to get a free book.

Read 8 books, log them and answer a question about each book.  Bring the completed and signed reading journal into your local Barnes and Noble book store between July 1 & August 31, 2023.  Present it to an employee and they will let your child choose a book from the free book list.

There’s a wide variety of free books available for kids from the Barnes and Noble summer reading  program.  Summer Reading Program is for Grades 1st-6th.

Chuck E Cheese

Kids can earn 10 free Chuck E Cheese Play Points for reading every day for 2 weeks. Download the reading chart here. (Food purchase is required to redeem the play points.)



Pizza Hut

Kids can earn a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut thru the summer Camp Book It program. Track their reading for June, July and August in the digital dashboard and when the monthly reading goal is met they will receive their free pizza.

Showcase Cinemas

If you have a Showcase Cinemas in your area, you’ll want to check out Bookworm Wednesdays. Kids get a free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas box office. Tickets must be reserved in advance online and seating is limited. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report.


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens ages 13 and up, and now it’s back with another summer of free content! Registration for the 2023 summer season is now open and FREE to all teens 13+.

This year’s summer reading program will span 14 weeks and last through August 2nd. Each week, SYNC participants will receive two thematically paired audiobooks delivered through Sora Reading, the student version of the OverDrive app. By the end of the program, teens will have had the opportunity to listen to a total of 28 new titles!

This is where I would highly recommended checking over the books that will be included to make sure the content, maturity level, subject matter, etc are appropriate for your child(ren).  BUT with that said, some of the books look incredibly interesting!

You can head on over here to see the complete list of free Sora books available this summer.  When you sign up, you can use your own email address so you’ll be notified of the new titles each week so you can stay up on what your teen is reading/listening too.

And don’t forget, if you have a library card, your teen can have access to THOUSANDS of audio books through the OverDrive app so they aren’t limited by just the free titles this program is offering!  Get them hooked on audio books today!

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