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Kids Summer Reading Programs Around Tampa Bay and Beyond

Summer brings lots of time for recreation and reading! Between these summer reading programs and free summer movies and free bowling, your kids will be filled with fun things to do this summer! You can start planning now to make this a summer of fun reading. Think your child needs a little incentive to read those books?

Below you’ll find a list of summer reading programs that will get your kids excited to read with offers like free books, money, prizes, events and more. You can also find Tampa Bay Area locations that are celebrating the summer with fun and exciting Reading Programs.

Don’t forget the free ebooks and audiobooks on the Overdrive app. Perfect way to keep reading while traveling this summer. Hint: Parents can also enjoy reading this summer. Make it a family challenge.

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Note: This post has been updated for 2017

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1. Barnes and Noble Imagination’s Destination


Barnes and Noble is rewarding summer readers with a free book. Their Imagination’s Destination reading program, gives out a free book to each child who reads any 8 books and records it in their Reading Journal.

Once completed, kids can bring their completed Reading Journal to their local B & N store to select their free book.

Eligible Grades/Ages: Grades 1-6
Reward: Free book
Program: Turn in reading journal by Sept 5, 2017.



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3. Reading with the Rays


Round the bases by reading a total of 24 hours this summer and receive two tickets to a Rays game! Get your official reading card from your local Tampa Bay Area Library. Pick up your reading with the Rays game card starting May 21, 2017.

Eligible Grades/Ages: Grades K-12
Reward: Earn free prizes and ticket to a Rays game.
Program:  Visit the Rays site for updated info.


4. Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge


The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a friendly reading challenge where children can help their school record the most minutes read this summer. Great resources, and games found on their website to keep the reading program fun and exciting.

Eligible Grades/Ages: 0-13 Years Old
Reward: Chance to get a special visitor to your school and weekly sweepstakes
Program: Log in reading minutes by Sept 8, 2017.

5. Sync Reading for Teens

Instead of blaring music, your teens can stay entertained with audiobooks through the summer. Sync summer for teens that will get them two free audio books each week during the summer.

Each week there will be two young adult books that teens will be able to download for free through the OverDrive app.This summer reading program runs until August 16, 2017.More

Eligible Grades/Ages: 13+
Reward: Free audiobooks each week.
Program: Ends August 26, 2017.



6. TD Bank Summer Reading Program

Reading books can ear your child free money! If your child is in grades K-5, and they read 10 books this summer, they can receive $10 in a new or existing savings account.

Children can print out the Summer Reading Form and take it to the nearest TD Bank to redeem their $10 reward.

Eligible Grades/Ages: Grades K-5
Reward: $10 in a new or existing savings account.
Program: Program has yet to be updated for 2017. Please check TD Bank Summer Program periodically for updates.


7. Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards

chuck e. cheese

Chuck E. Cheese’s has their own summer reading program that goes on all year long. Children can mark off reading for two weeks and they can redeem their Reading Rewards Calendar for 10 free tokens.

Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required. Offer expires 12/31/17.

Eligible Grades/Ages: Chuck E. Cheese’s did not set an age limit. Call for more information.
Reward: 10 free tokens. (Food purchase is required)
Program: Runs until Dec. 31, 2017.


8. Book It! Summer Reading 

The Book It! Summer Reading Challenge encourages kids in grades K-6 to read throughout the summer. Parents can print out free activities to go along with the books listed online.

Eligible Grades/Ages: Grades K-6


9. Sylvan’s Book Adventure Reading Program


Sylvan’s Book Adventure is a fun way for kids to get involved in reading this summer. Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back and take a quiz on what they’ve read, and earn points.

These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, temporary tattoos, and candy.

Eligible Grades/Ages: Grades K-8
Reward: Earn points to redeem for prizes.
Program: All year long.


10. Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program

Kids can get a free Camp Half-Blood tote bag when they read 4 of the  qualified book list from Books-A-Million. Kids fill out a journal listing the books they have read and they can return it to their local Books-A-Million store.

Contact Books-A-Million Tampa Bay are locations for eligible ages and program deadlines.

839 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 571-2062

1520 Towne Center Drive
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 688-6382

9570 US Highway 19 North
Port Richey, FL 34668


11.Hillsborough County MyOn Summer Reading Program

Hillsborough County students can participate in the Summer Reading weekly challenges through MyON and track your extra reading below to earn chances at these amazing Summer Reading Challenge experiences! Hillsborough County gives K-8 children free access to 7,000 thousand online books through MyOn.

Eligible Grades/Ages: Grades K-8
Reward: Free prizes.
Program:The challenge runs from June 5 to July 6, 2017.


12. More Tampa Area Libraries

Libraries are a great way to spend the summer learning and reading books. You will find that your local library may also include fun science, cooking, sewing, crafts, or technology classes during the summer. Check out your local library system to see what they have planned.

Pasco County Library System

Pinellas County Library System

Sarasota County Summer Reading Program

Polk County

Hernando County


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