Need some help motivating the kids to read over the summer months? Participating in a Summer Reading Program that offers free books or prizes might provide just the right incentive to keep the kids reading during those hot summer days — on car trips, at the beach, by the pool, on indoor afternoons. Here’s a roundup of such programs in the Austin area:

Austin Public Library Summer Reading Program
Do512 Family is thrilled to be a sponsor of this year’s Summer Reading Program! Kids can keep a summer reading log to record the books they read from June through August to earn a free book upon completion. And the library has loads of fun events for all ages all summer long, including live music, puppet shows, movies, dance, arts & crafts and more. For more information and specific event details, click here.


Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
You can download a Summer Reading Journal (English or Español) and have kids (in grades 1-6) read any 8 books during the summer. They can then record them on their journal, take the completed form to any Barnes & Noble store by September 3, 2018 to be rewarded with a free book from their in-store selection.

Half Price Books “Feed Your Brain” Summer Reading Program
Kids ages 14 & under are asked to read for 15 minutes a day in June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Complete this form, and once kids have logged 300 or more minutes, you can bring the reading log to any Half Price Book location to claim your prize of Bookworm Bucks (to be used for shopping in the store). This promotion is good through August 30, 2018. Visit the website for more details.

BookPeople’s 5 Book Dive Summer Challenge
BookPeople believes that there is nothing better to do on a lazy summer day than to dig into a great book. And that’s they partnered with AISD for the Five Book Dive Summer Reading Challenge for readers grades K-12! Just stop into the store to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level. Read 5 books, and write them on the back of your bookmark. Then turn in it to BookPeople for a $5 gift certificate.

In addition to the Austin Public Library’s program, all area libraries offer their own reading incentives during the summer months. Please check with your local branch to inquire about their programs.

Happy reading!