How Kids Can Get A Free Book This Summer

Check out this terrific summer reading program for kids, with a neat prize at the end!

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Summer is just around the corner, and Barnes & Noble is once again offering an educational way to keep kids reading through the break. The beloved bookstore chain is bringing back its annual summer reading program, allowing children across the country to earn a free book by diving into their favorite stories.

Summer Reading

The program is aimed at kids in grades 1-6 and is a simple, engaging process. Students are tasked with reading any eight books throughout the summer. After finishing each book, they log the title and author into a reading journal. The journal prompts kids to share their favorite part of the book and explain why it stood out to them. Additionally, this journal is available in both English and Spanish, bringing it to a wider audience.

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Once their journal is filled out with their eight books, kids can head to a local Barnes & Noble store between July 1 and August 31, 2024, to redeem their prize. The reward is a free book from a pre-selected list tailored to different grade levels. Some options include classics like A Wrinkle in Time and Boxcar Children. Barnes & Noble’s summer reading program keeps kids engaged with books and helps develop critical thinking and literacy skills by reflecting on what they’ve read.

By setting the goal to eight books, the program helps maintain kids’ reading habits during summer break. This helps prevent the “summer slide” where students can lose some of the academic gains they made during the school year. This can also create new book lovers who find reading fun and rewarding instead of a chore that is forced on them from school.

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In addition to Barnes & Noble, other bookstores and some libraries offer similar summer reading programs. These are perfect opportunities for children to explore the world of books during summer vacation and keep themselves engaged with the wonderful world of reading. If you have a young kid, or if you are one yourself, be sure to look into these programs and keep learning all summer!


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