Kids Summer Reading Programs in New York City

Take advantage of New York City's wonderful opportunities for kids of all ages to get involved in summer reading clubs and programs:


Barnes & Noble: Kids in grades 1 - 6 read eight books and get one free.  Once they complete their eight books, they can choose a free book from a set list.  For more information, please visit Barnes & Noble's summer reading website

Borders: Kids under 12 read 10 books and get one free. Once they complete their 10 books, they can choose a free book from a set list. For more information, please visit Border's summer reading website.

H.E.Buddy Summer Reading Club:  After reading 10 books and submitting a H.E.Buddy Summer Reading form, kids receive a free prize.  For more information and to access the reading form, please visit H.E.B's summer reading club website.

National Amusements Theatres: Free admission to kids on Wednesdays at 10 AM from July 6 - August 10 when they turn in a book report form (downloaded from their website)- Bookworm Wednesday movie at select theatre/movie and your book report is price of admission (download book report entry form online).  For more information, please visit the National Amusements Theatres website.

New York Public Library (NYPL) program: Kids and young adults log the books read and present information about their summer reading activities in a fun, safe and anonymous way. This site is all about reviewing books, winning badges for accomplishments in reading and other library related activities.  Kids are eligible to win weekly prizes. For more information, please visit the NYPL's website.

PBS Kids Summer Reading Community Challenge: A six week program where kids can register online and receive:

  • A daily email with fun activities
  • Tricks and advice from your Challenge coach
  • Great book suggestions for kids of all ages
  • Tips from other kids and parents
  • A chance to win daily prizes

For more information, please visit the PBS Kids website.

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge:  Kids can choose a free book after they read all the books on one of  the two Pottery Barn reading lists. For more information, and to view the reading lists, please visit Pottery Barn's summer reading challenge website.

Scholastic Summer Challenge: Children log the number of minutes spent reading in order to try to reach weekly goals, earn digital prizes and help set a world record. For more information, please visit Scholastic's summer challenge website.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program:  Kids, age 18 and under, receive a $10 deposit into a TD Bank Young Savers Account after reading 10 books. To have $10 deposited into a new or existing TD Young Savers Account, kids must:

For more information, please visit the TD Bank summer reading website.