Kids can Earn Free Books from Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program (2024 update)

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If there’s anything that’ll encourage my kids to read, it’s the opportunity to earn things for free. The Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program is back and we are so excited!

Whether you have reluctant readers or your kids can’t wait to get their hands on a new book, summer programs are great to have available for a number of reasons. They can help with the “summer slump” and aid in retaining (or enhancing) skills gained in the previous school year and they’re especially awesome for kids who love a challenge and “will work” for incentives. Whether incentives be free pizza, free chinese food(!), free books, or even a special family outing, I am ALL FOR programs that encourage kids to read!

Getting your kids involved with the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program is super easy! First, though, if your kids are going to be participating in any sort of summer reading program (or, really, reading AT ALL), they’re going to need some books, right? Whether you’re on a budget or not, getting a deal is always nice, so be sure to check out these awesome ways to get free (or cheap) books for kids!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

Two smiling kids pose by a summer reading display at a bookstore

Here are the details you’re looking for:

  • The Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program is open to kids in first through sixth grade in the USA
  • Kids can earn one FREE book after reading and recording ANY 8 books in the provided printable Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal in English or Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal in Spanish
    • Your local Barnes and Noble store may also have copies of the reading journal in store if you’re not able to print one out yourself
  • To get the free book, just bring in the completed summer reading journal to your local Barnes and Noble store between July 1 and August 31, 2024
  • Kids will be able to choose any free book they’d like from a grade-leveled list.
    • 11 books to choose from within the first and second grade level
      • The Bad Guys (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Aaron Blabey
      • Band Camp! 1: All Together Now! by Brian “Smitty” Smith
      • The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
      • Dr. Seuss Graphic Novel: Cat Out of Water: A Cat in the Hat Story by Art Baltazar
      • Emma McKenna, Full Out (The Kids in Mrs. Z’s Class #1) by Kate Messner
      • The Good Egg and the Talent Show by Jory John
      • Hombre Perro: Cumbres Maternales (Dog Man: Mothering Heights) by Dav Pilkey
      • Little Olympians 1: Zeus, God of Thunder by A.I. Newton
      • Mirror Magic (Star Friends) by Linda Chapman
      • The Princess in Black and the Prince in Pink by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
      • Scuba-Cat (Pet the Cat) (My First I Can Read Series) by James Dean
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  • 11 books to choose from within the third and fourth grade level
    • The Area 51 Files by Julie Buxbaum
    • Big Nate Goes Bananas! by Lincoln Pierce
    • The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
    • Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: An Unofficial Minecraft Adventure (#1) by Cube Kid
    • The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett & Shawn Harris
    • Laugh-Out-Loud: The Joke-a-Day Book: A Year of Laughs by Rob Elliott
    • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
    • Quien fue Frida Kahlo? by Sarah Fabiny
    • The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Tale of Emily Windsnap #1) by Liz Kessler
    • What Are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman
    • Worst Broommate Ever! (Middle School and Other Disasters) by Wanda Coven
Barnes and Noble Escape into Summer Reading display from 2022
  • 14 books to choose from within the fifth and sixth grade level
    • 39 Clues: the Maze of Bones: A Graphic Novel (39 Clues Graphic Novel #1) by Rick Riordan & Ethan Young
    • Amari and the Night Bothers (The Supernatural Investigations Series #1) by B.B. Alston
    • Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
    • Enemies (Berrybrook Middle School #5) by Svetlana Chmakova
    • Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd
    • Jawbreaker by Christina Wyman
    • Matt Sprouts and the Curse of the Ten Broken Toes by Matthew Eicheldinger
    • Minecraft: The Crash: An Official Minecraft Novel by Tracey Baptiste
    • The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane #1) by Julia Nobel
    • One Dead Spy (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #1) by Nathan Hale
    • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Ungifted by Gordon Korman
    • A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L’Engle
    • Yo, Naomi Leon (Becoming Naomi Leon) by Pam Munoz Ryan

Whether you’re looking for books for summer reading or to help compliment your homeschool unit studies, there are plenty of ways to get cheap (or free!) books!

While you’re here, might as well grab my free printable monthly reading logs! They’ll keep the kids reading all year long and can serve as a great way to keep track of their reading (ya know, for record-keeping) and as a visual to encourage them to read everyday!

Will you be signing your kids up? My kids will be participating and are super excited to earn their free book through the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Display from 2022

One last thing before you go! Keep in mind that your kids aren’t limited to reading “only” hard copies of books for the summer reading programs. If you’re a member of any digital book programs, reading those books can also count towards summer reading incentives. Sweet!

Happy reading!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

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  1. I didn’t know about the B&N summer reading program – we will have to check it out!

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