Best 2024 Reading Rewards Programs for Kids

Although our kids are doing a little schoolwork through the summer, their lessons are relaxed enough to allow for lots of extra-curricular reading. That’s why summer book clubs are always popular at our house. Keep reading for our complete list of the best reading reward programs out there for kids, newly updated for 2022.

Kids earn freebies by reading — all year long

With as little as 15-30 minutes of reading a day, children can earn a treasure trove of free prizes this summer, including:

These reading rewards will inspire your child to curl up with some good books all year long. I’ve listed them in alphabetical order for easy reference. Read carefully, then follow links to sign up.

Some of the programs are only offered during the summer months. Others are valid year round. A few require early registration. (If you’re too late to register this year, mark your calendar now so you won’t miss signing up next.)

If you know of any reading rewards program I’ve missed, please let me know in the comment section below. I’d love to add it to my list. Thanks!

Best 2023 Reading Reward Programs for Kids

  1. Barnes & Noble – Free children’s book

    Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a free age-appropriate book this summer when they read eight (choose your favorite prize book from a predetermined list). Download a reading journal to get started! The journal is also available in Spanish.


    Younger children can download this passport to reading and collect stickers by attending B&N story times.

    Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

  2. Timberdoodle – Free $10 gift card

    One of my favorite companies of all-time is sponsoring a brand new family reading program this year where each family gets to choose their challenge. To participate, simply read 20 different books about 20 different animals.

    Families who successfully complete the challenge will get $10 in store credit to spend on whatever they like. They will also be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card to Timberdoodle.

    You have until Monday, September 2, to finish, so better get reading! But first, visit Timberdoodle to download a free reading log.

    A reading challenge ebook is also available to purchase for those who’d like a suggested reading list (organized by STEM subject).

    Timberdoodle 2023 Reading Challenge

  3. Books-a-Million – Free Baseball Cap

    Read any 4 books from BAM’s summer adventure reading section in-store or online. Record the title and author in BAM’s summer reading notebook. Then redeem your completed log at your local Books-a-Million store for your reading reward — a free baseball cap.

    Braum's Book Buddy Reading Program

  4. Chuck E. Cheese – Free game tokens

    Kids can earn 10 free game tokens from Chuck E Cheese by reading every day for two weeks. These rewards are available all year long, with a limit of one reward certificate per day per child. Visit their website to find charts for helping your kids establish other good habits, as well.

    Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards 2022

  5. Braum’s Book Buddy Program – Free ice cream

    Children in grades 1-5 can earn an ice cream treat for every six books they read. The program provides reading logs with fun stickers for tracking progress. Kit includes coupons for two free cones, two free sundaes, and two free frozen yogurts. The prizes are to be earned during the school year, but the coupons are good through June 30. Enrollment for the coming school year will open August 1. For more information, follow this link or write: Braum’s Book Buddy Reading Program/ PO Box 25429/ OKC, OK 73125.

    Braum's Book Buddy Reading Program

  6. Family Reading Club – Design your own program

    You might consider hosting a “Family Reading Club” during the months of summer. Help foster in your children a continued love and preference for reading. This is a fun alternative to traditional clubs, especially if your children have grown too old to participate in the other programs.

    Print reading logs for each of member of your family. Kids keep track of minutes or pages read, and parents determine the prizes. Follow this link for more ideas for making summer reading fun. And for great book recommendations (plus another fun printable), follow this link: Summer ABC Reading Challenge

    Free Printable Reading Log

  7. Half-Price Books – Enter for chance to win prizes

    Half-Price Books has completely revamped their Summer Reading Program this year. Kids can still earn $5 in bookworm bucks for reading, but you’ll need to register online, then visit the store to pick up a reading map and get further details.

    Half-Price Books Summer Reading 2022

  8. HEB Grocery Stores – Cool Prize

    HEB Summer Reading Program

    Kids who live in Texas can get a cool prize from H.E.B. when they read 10 books before October 1. In past years, the prize has been a free “Reading Club” T-shirt, but the website doesn’t say what the 2023 prize is. Visit HEB to pick up a reading log, or download one here: HEB Reading Log.

  9. Local Public Libraries – Programs and prizes vary

    Many Public Libraries offer all sorts of programs aimed at fostering in kids a love for books and reading, including book clubs with prizes, weekly story times, guest lectures and performances, craft days, tea parties, and fun family-friendly films.

    For those of you who are local, you should check out all the great programs being offered by Tyler Public Library this summer, including their 1KB4K (1000 Books before Kindergarten) program and prizes. Others can follow this link to find a library near you and learn what programs are available in your area.


  10. Pizza Hut’s Book-It Program – Free pizza

    Children can earn a free personal pan pizza by completing Pizza Hut’s Summer Reading Challenge. Visit their website to download free reading logs, book marks, door hangers, book plates, and lots of free printable activity pages for kids.

    Pizza Hut also sponsors a reading program through the school year called “Book It.” Children who meet their monthly reading goals earn free personal pan pizzas to celebrate. This program is also open to homeschoolers. Enroll by September 1 for the upcoming school year by filling out this form.

    Pizza Hut Book It Reading Program

  11. The Rusty Bucket – Free Kid’s Meal

    Kids who read five books can earn a free kids meal. Sadly, there are no Rusty Bucket restaurants in Texas, but you can find them in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio.

    Earn Reading Rewards from The Rusty Bucket

    NOTE: If you don’t live near a Rusty Bucket but would still like to get free meals for your kiddos, check out this list: Kids Eat Free in the USA

  12. Showcase Cinemas – Free movie admission

    Bookworm Wednesdays are normally held in July, so I don’t yet know how COVID regulations are going to affect it. In the past, kids who brought a book report with them to select Showcase Cinemas could exchange it for a free admission ticket. Check your local theater in July to see if they plan to host Bookworm Wednesdays this summer.

    Showcase Cinema

Book-loving moms deserve freebies, too!

Reading rewards aren’t just for kids! I’m a bit of a bookworm and love freebies, too. If you feel the same way, you’ll want to make note of the following offers:

  • My Reader Rewards – Earn points for completing a variety of easy tasks (sharing tweets, answering polls, joining email lists). Exchange points for free books and Bibles. It’s fast and easy. You can purchase books with as few as 10 points. Use my referral link, and you’ll earn your first 25 points just for signing up!
  • More Free Books – Here are a few more of my favorite sources for free books, whether you prefer print, digital, or audio.
  • Reading Challenge for All Ages – Download our this free printable and challenge your spouse or child(ren) to see which of you can read a book from all twenty-six categories first. There’s one for each letter of the alphabet.

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  1. Good list but you should check out Read Patrol. They’re kind of new but they make super fun reading kits for daily reading rewards and incentive. We’ve had really great results using it with our reluctant reader!

  2. Tyndale has a reading program that looks fun. The kids have to fill out a Bingo card with titles of books they’ve read. The prize is a book from Tyndale house.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know, Cari. I’ll update my listing to include that one, as well!

  3. Can you tell me what your reward system is for summer reading. I know you record the time, but I can’t remember how much they earn for what amount of time. This year the library is only allowing four sheets to be filled in for prizes (and of course some prizes require two sheets). After that, they can fill out a sheet and have their name go in for a weekly drawing. Not much incentive, so I think we will add our own….

    1. Hi, Kimberly.

      When they were younger, I paid the children in “mommy money” for the summer reading they did, then allowed them to redeem their earnings for prizes that I’d bought at garage sales and affixed new “prices” to. I selected things I knew each one might like, but sometimes they’d decide to try for the same prize and would have to race to see who could earn enough to “buy” it first. In the very beginning, when Jonathan and Bethany were just beginning to read, we counted books instead of time, and I paid maybe a nickel or dime per written “book report” (they’d copy title and author onto a round piece of paper and write a sentence about their favorite part of the story). Each report formed a segment of a “bookworm”, which we taped to the wall over their beds, where they could watch them “grow”. That worked well, too.

      For the past several years, I’ve given our kids 20 hour reading logs and paid $1 per hour (of which they can actually spend only 50%, as 40% goes to college savings and 10% to church). Our older kids are also very incentivized by a great website called Library Thing, which allows them record and rate all the books they’ve read. They’ve been “building their libraries” ever since we dicovered this service, which will keep track of up to 200 books for free. Once you read more than that, you must pay a small, one-time fee (I think it’s about $25), and they’ll let you expand your library without limit.

      Hope that helps!

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