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2022 Summer Reading Programs for Children, Tweens, & Teens

By Sarah Hauge, Publisher, Macaroni KID, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Centennial June 25, 2022

"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." ~ Kate DiCamillo

Children who don't read during the summer months are at risk of falling behind their peers when they return to school in the fall. One way to avoid the summer slide is by participating in a summer reading program.

 Arapahoe Library: Get Lost at the Library Summer Reading

Adventure seekers, ages 0-18 years, are invited to join Arapahoe Libraries to navigate to different worlds through reading this summer. Visit one of the libraries this summer to choose a free book and a decal sticker, and pick up an activities map at the library to chart a summer of adventure. The map is available in English, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. The Arapahoe Library Summer Reading Program is available June 1st through July 31st.

Learn more at arapahoelibraries.org.

 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Kids in 1st through 6th grade can read any eight books this summer and record them in a Summer Reading Journal. Bring the completed Reading Journal into a Barnes & Noble store from July 1 through August 31, 2022, and your child gets to choose a free book from the list featured on the journal. 

Learn more at barnesandnobleinc.com.

 Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar

Download your free reading chart from Chuck E. Cheese. Then get reading! Children receive ten free Play Points (with food purchase) for recording their daily reading habils for two weeks.

Learn more at chuckecheese.com.

 Denver Library: Summer of Adventure

The Denver Public Library's Summer of Adventure program encourages youth from birth to 12th grade to READ, MAKE, and EXPLORE. The library will provide opportunities for informal learning and activities to help youth retain academic and social skills throughout their summer vacation.

The Summer of Adventure program registration opens online on Friday, June 3. Participants can download an Adventure Guide (or create their own) to record their activities and work their way to a finishing prize. The last day to redeem prizes is August 13.

Learn more at summerofadventure.org.

 Englewood Library: Oceans of Possibilities

Englewood Library is turning into an ocean of possibilities beginning May 26th. Reading challenges are available for three separate age groups (listed below) and a variety of special programs are available all summer long! Mondays are for movies, Tuesdays are for water-themed parties, Wednesdays are for in-person performers, and Thursdays are for interactive family events. Make your way to the library each day at 2pm to experience family-friendly fun for yourself!

Baby Reading Program (ages 0 to 12 months): Read 10 books to your baby, then come to the library to pick up your free book.
Kids Reading Program (ages 1 to 11 years): Read 10 hours, then come into the library to pick up your free book and prizes. Need some incentive along the way? Stop by the library and get small prizes for every 2 hours you read.
Teen Reading Program (ages 12 to 18 years old): Read 24 hours, then come to the library to pick up your free book. Need some incentive along the way? Stop by the library and get small prizes for every 6 hours you read.

Learn more at englewoodco.gov/library.

 The New York Times Summer Reading Contest

Teens worldwide are invited to participate in The New York Times Summer Reading Contest from June 10 through August 19, 2022. Each Friday, The Times poses two questions: "What got your attention in The Times this week? Why?" Responses must be 300 words or fewer; only one submission per person per week.

Teens (ages 13-19) can choose from any article, Op-Ed, video, graphic, podcast, or photograph published in 2022 on any topic they like. Tweens (ages 11-12) can ask an adult to submit a comment via a form on the student's behalf. The New York Times will announce winners every Tuesday and publish their writing.

Learn more at nytimes.com.

 Pizza Hut Book It Program

Children in Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade can join Camp BOOK IT! Track and reward your kids' reading for June, July, and August 2022.

Meet the monthly reading goal and receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! Fun activities and book recommendations will be shared each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer.

Learn more at bookitprogram.com.

 Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge

Ages 0-13 can join Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge! Kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges, and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content. Enter to be one of 100 winners to receive a drawstring bag full of Scholastic books. The program runs from May 9 through August 19, 2022.

Learn more at scholastic.com.

 SYNC Free Audiobooks for Teens

SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks each week. Titles are all available worldwide and change every Thursday at midnight Eastern Time during the season.

Learn more at audiofilemagazine.com.

 Tattered Cover Bookstore: The Colorado Big Summer Read

Coloradoans of all ages are invited to participated in a shared reading experience over the summer centered around a theme, and illustrated by a selection of books, author appearances, activities and discussions to create an immersive, interactive experience that will inspire further reading and conversation. The inaugural theme will be: EMPATHY. 

Learn more at tatteredcover.com/colorado-big-summer-read.

 The Good and the Beautiful (TGTB) Summer Reading Program

Participants may order one FREE Summer Reading Program pack per child. Choose from 4 reading levels, each with a different book. Only pay $1.49/pack shipping. Each pack contains these items:

  • One free book (to be read during the summer reading program or used as the award for completing the program)
  • A create-your-own jungle scene reading chart with stickers to track progress
  • 2 Bookmarks

UPDATE: The supply of 10,000 free books has been given away, but you can still participate by downloading the free PDF reading chart, stickers, and bookmark on their website.

Learn more at goodandbeautiful.com.


Need a little inspiration for books to read this summer?

Mensa Excellence in Reading
Shelf Stuff Summer Reading Classics


Thank you to our Mac KID neighbor, Sarah Hauge, Publisher, Macaroni KID, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Centennial, for her compilation of Summer Reading Programs.