Summer Reading Programs for Kids


School is out and summer is officially on its way! That means it is time to enjoy a good book!

Summer Reading Programs for KidsWhile it is important for kids to read some during the summer to keep up their school progress, it is equally important for mom to be able to kick back and enjoy some quality reading time as well. Setting a reading goal with a fun prize is a great way to get the kids reading this summer and give mom some time to herself to read!

To help you and your family with your reading goals this summer there are plenty of summer reading programs available online and around the Atlanta area.

Summer Reading Programs In and Around Atlanta 

Georgia Public Libraries

Every summer the Georgia Public Libraries host a themed reading challenge. This year’s theme is “Ocean of Possibilities.” The libraries are offering prizes for reaching reading goals and online and in-person activities and events.

The Story Shop Story Time – (Monroe)

Story Time at The Story Shop is every Friday and Saturday at 10:30 am. Story Time is a free event, but you will want to stick around and explore the magical Story Shop which has its own wardrobe that opens into Narnia!

The Fox Tale Book Shoppe Story Time – (Woodstock) 

The Fox Tale Shoppe also offers free storytime for kids. The Fox Tale Story Time is every Saturday at 11 am. The Fox Tale Shoppe is a classic, independently-owned bookstore located in the heart of Woodstock.

The Wren’s Nest – (Atlanta)

Explore history and literature with your children at The Wren’s Nest in Atlanta. The Wren’s Nest is the historic home of Joel Chandler Harris, creator of the famous Brer Rabbit Tales. Known for its amazing storytellers, The Wren’s Nest offers storytelling every Saturday at 1 p.m. House tours are available before and after the storytelling from 11 am – 3 pm. Admission to the museum is $8-$12.

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club – (Atlanta)  

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club is a program for children from birth through age five. Events will take place at various locations throughout the city of Atlanta. See the MSRC website for more details.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program 

Kids can earn free books from Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program. Kids can earn a free book by reading and journaling about their favorite parts of the books they read. Free books are awarded during July and August.

Summer Reading Programs Online

Scholastic Summer Reading 

The Scholastic Summer Reading program allows children to track their reading and participate in fun and games online. Children visit Scholastic’s Home Base to read books and stories; attend author events; interact with their favorite characters; play book-based games and activities; join dance parties; and more! (Scholastic guarantees that Home Base is monitored for safety 24/7.)

Junie B. Jones Kids’ Club 

The Junie B. Jones Kids’ Club is a year-round club. Parents can sign their children up to receive a monthly newsletter filled with activities and events along with games and prizes.

Pizza Hut Camp Book It

The classic Pizza Hut Book It reading challenge is back! The summer reading program is called Camp Book It and is open to all families with PreK-6th grade students (ages 4-12). Parents set goals, track reading, and reward their students, all in a digital dashboard. After students have reached their reading goal, they will receive a certificate for a free personal pan pizza.

Happy summer and happy reading!