Join Barnes and Nobles Summer Reading Program and Earn a FREE Book

Summer Reading Program barnes and noble

Does your child love to read and is lacking a physical book to read with all the libraries closed? You can then have them enter the Barnes and Noble Summer summer reading program to earn a free book. This is great initiative by Barnes and Noble to keep kids hooked to reading and motivated this summer.


So this is how it works

  • Download the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal ( download here either in English or Spanish ).
  • Next, fill in the basic information about your child at the bottom of the first page. A parent must sign on this page to obtain the free book.
  • Let your child read 8 books and record the title and author along with the favorite part of each book on the second page of the reading journal.
  • Take the completed journal from July 1st and August 31st, 2020 to your local Barnes and Noble store and present it to an employee who will let your kid pick a book from the FREE book list.

There are some rules

  • The Barnes and Noble summer reading program is available only for school-aged children in grades 1-6.
  • For each child completing a reading journal, only one book is available, and choice must be made from the list of FREE books available at the store.

The FREE books offered are

Grade 1 & 2

  • Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights – by Malala Yousafzai
  • Sunbeam’s Shine – by Emily Bliss
  • The Gumazing Gum Girl!: Chews Your Destiny – by Rhode Montijo
  • Ivy + Bean – by Annie Barrows
  • Hello, Crabby! – by Jonathan Fenske
  • Lunch Walks Among Us – by Jim Benton
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue – by Kate DiCamillo
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – by Nick Bruel
  • Lily to the Rescue – by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid – by Megan McDonald
  • Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen – by Debbi Michiko Florence
  • The Haunted House Next Door – by Andres Miedoso
  • The Candy Caper – by Tom Watson
  • Jorge el curioso: De basura a tesoro – by H. A. Rey
  • Too Cool for School – by Kimberly and James Dean
  • Fox the Tiger – by Corey R. Tabor

Grade 3 & 4

  • My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet – by Mo O’Hara
  • Kristy’s Great Idea – by Ann M. Martin
  • Slappy Birthday to You – by R.L. Stine
  • I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 – by Lauren Tarshis
  • The Kid Who Only Hit Homers – by Matt Christopher
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School – by Louis Sachar
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – by Beverly Cleary
  • A Bear Called Paddington – by Michael Bond
  • The Lemonade War – by Jacqueline Davies
  • How to Steal a Dog – by Barbara O’Connor
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire – by Susan Tan
  • The Secret Garden: 100th Anniversary Special Edition – by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Judy Moody está de mal humor – by Megan McDonald

Grade 5 & 6

  • Spy School – by Stuart Gibbs
  • Belly Up – by Stuart Gibbs
  • Space Case – by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Tail of Emily Windsnap – by Liz Kessler
  • A Wrinkle in Time – by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Genius Experiment – by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
  • The Magic Misfits – by Neil Patrick Harris
  • Ungifted – by Gordon Korman
  • One Crazy Summer – by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Merci Suárez Changes Gears – by Meg Medina
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – by Dusti Bowling
  • The Crossover – by Kwame Alexander
  • President of the Whole Fifth Grade – by Sherri Winston
  • Demon Dentist – by David Walliams
  • Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist – by Sylvia Acevedo

This is a great way to keep kids interested in reading. My kids are excited to participate in the Barnes and Noble summer reading program. Are you ?

If you are looking for more physicals books to read then some local Barnes and Noble stores are also offering free curb side pick ups for online orders.

Here are some recommendations of books for kids.

And if you are looking for resources to keep your kids learning this summer, then check out some ideas here.

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