Best Summer Reading Programs for New York City Kids

Summer Reading Programs for New York City Kids

There are still plenty of reading options and programs for kids to stay engaged this summer. Now that the school year is over, it’s absolutely vital that kids keep up with reading!

Summer literacy loss is real. Summer reading programs provide an excellent opportunity for readers to stay encouraged and on-track, through activities, conversations with peers, and prizes.

These programs provide hours of entertainment, productivity, education, and fun — check out our favorites!

Psst… Check out our Summer Reading List for Kids of All Ages!

Barnes and Noble

Receive a free book this summer when you read any of the eight books from their Summer Reading Journal list. Pick eight exciting books and fill out the journal explaining your favorite part of each book and why.

Then, bring the log back to a Barnes and Noble store from July 1 to August 31st and receive your free book from the book list. For grades first through sixth.

Bklyn Public Library 

The Brooklyn Public Library is offering a children’s booklist full of reading options for the entire summer. Most of the titles listed are available in formats like eBooks and eAudio books, making this list perfect for reading on the go.

There are plenty of virtual activities like storytelling, arts and crafts, performances, and games. Children ages 5-12 receive badges for every book they complete. 

New York City Dept. of Education 

The DOE is offering access to free eBooks on everything from fruits to flowers, oceans, and even the moon. This digital collection is perfect for those curious minds who love learning. There are plenty of titles and subjects to keep readers of all interests engaged. 

Scholastic Read-A-Palooza

Scholastic is providing a community for kids who love reading while improving access to books during the summer.

Their mission is based on rewarding readers for the number of days in a row they log on to their program — a “Reading Streak.” This option is perfect for encouraging a summertime routine.

Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library is providing summer content for children and teens. Hosting storytelling, singing, coding, and more, there’s never a dull moment on the program’s calendar. If you’re looking for a new summer read, check out their curated booklists for all reading levels!

Kids and families can sign up for the library’s summer reading challenge on READSquared. Every minute you read is a point towards unlocking games and badges. Once you’ve earned enough points, you can unlock a printable and sharable completion certificate!

Summer at the Library

Summer Reading Programs
Photo courtesy of New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is hosting a summer program, offering ways for your child to stay engaged with reading and free activities. Kids can track their reading and activities to become a Summer Star at the library!

Take the Library’s 60-day reading challenge, reading for at least 2o minutes every day and doing activities in your neighborhood. 

Head to your local branch to pick up an activity and reading tracker, or download and print them at home!