Summer Reading Fun in 2021

Help your students avoid the summer reading achievement slide and give them some fun opportunities to encourage reading this summer. Check out these possibilities to keep reading a part of the lives of your students during school vacation.


Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo and Candlwick Press have teamed with Books-A-Million for a fun summer challenge. Kate is the author of Because of Winn Dixie, Flora & Ulysses, The Tale of Despereaux and many others. Students select four books from the Summer Reading Adventure Section (in-store or online). After reading the book, they fill out a reading adventure log where they indicate the title and author, favorite character, and best part of the story. Upon completion of the log, they show the log to a store associate and in return receive a free Because of Winn Dixie notepad and pen. Click here for a link to the information

Pizza Hut

The Book It program has been going since 1984. Students can earn a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza each month during Camp BOOK IT. Click here for the link with sign up information.

Summer Slugger

Summer Slugger is an online review of math and reading skills for students age 8-11. Using a baseball theme, the students can work on phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, spelling, and various math skills. The free program is game based. To win a series, students complete one math and one literacy lesson by playing for 5 continuous minutes or completing a level. Online trophies are awarded for various milestones. Parents can receive updates on their progress. Click here to be redirected to Summer Slugger.

CAPCOM Federal Credit Union (New York area)

Reading up to five books will earn students $2. per book up to a maximum of $10 between July 1 and August 31. Students age 4-8 should submit a drawing of a scene from their book. Ages 9-12 should submit a 50 word summary and ages 13-18 must submit a 100 word summary. A link to the program may be found here.

Scholastic Home Base

Click here to find out about the Scholastic Summer Reading Program. Students track their summer reading and unlock digital rewards. They will be able to attend author events, interact online with characters, and play games. In addition to the student resources, Scholastic has a “Parent Night: The Power of Summer Reading” program on May 26 at 7pm (Eastern time). Information is in the above link.

Check your local library

Many public libraries have extensive summer programming for students. Check out your local library and see what they have to offer.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

Barnes and Noble offers a summer reading program where students can earn a free book. They simply read eight books and complete a quick journal entry about the books they have read. Here is a link to the journal.

Summer Reading Lists

Lists of Recommended Books for Summer reading:

Picture books: Scholastic 25 Picture Books

K-2: Association for Library Service to Children

3-5 Graphic Novels: Association for Library Service to Children

Tweens and Teens: Award-Winning Books for Tweens and Teens

Free Summer Bingo from Reading Specialty

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  • free motivational posters for your classroom when you sign up
  • periodic freebies mailed out only to subscribers
  • blog posts to your inbox featuring free resources for teachers.

Reading Specialty Summer Resources

Check out these and other SUMMER THEMED RESOURCES available from Reading Specialty TPT Store.

Click these links to be redirected to these products:

Summer Bundle (includes D-Day, Flag Day, and Fourth of July)


Flag Day

Fourth of July

Summer Vocabulary Scramble

Summer Syllable Count

Summer Alphabetical Order

Summer Letter Identification and Hidden Picture

Baseball Reader’s Theater