Complete List of Local Summer Reading Programs & The Prizes You Can Earn

Summer reading programs for kids

 2021 Summer Reading Programs  

Where to Find Kids’ Summer Reading Programs Around Grand Rapids

Summer reading programs are one of my kids’ favorite summer traditions.

While trying to navigate the life’s changes this summer, it’s nice to have something that the kids can do safely.

Many area libraries and bookstores have resumed in-person browsing or shopping and most still offer curbside pickup as well. No matter your comfort level, your kids still have options for getting books in their hands this summer.

Is there a summer reading program that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Three Popular Grand Rapids Summer Reading Programs

My kids are book obsessed with reading and participate in several summer programs around Grand Rapids.

Here are our three favorite programs that many other families return to every year, too.

These programs may still look a little different this summer, but one thing remains the same: prizes. That’s every kids’ main motivator. I’m digging the prizes these three programs have this year.

grand rapids summer reading enjoyed by girl and her dog

Kent District Library (KDL) Summer Reading Program

The largest summer reading program in the state, KDL is launching kids into a STEAM-powered season of Summer Wonder again this year.

Finishers of the 30 Day Challenge get a free book (adults get a beach bag tote) and chances to win $250 Meijer gift cards.

Complete an additional 15 days for an extra entry for the gift card.

June 1 – August 7
All ages
Register online

Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) Summer Reading Challenge

Kids get to choose a team to be on as they read their way to favorite prizes.

Get ready to be part of a super secret mission in the City of Grand Rapids for summer reading fun. Finisher prizes include a team sticker and your choice of a t-shirt or a book.

May 31 – September 4
Ages: Birth – 19
Sign-up online

Schuler Books Summer Reading Club

Kids can read their way toward $5 vouchers at Schuler’s, with a maximum of 3 vouchers possible.

I like this program because if a book is more than 200 pages, it counts as two books.

May 31 – August 4
Ages: K – 8th grade
Sign up online 

GRPL Grand Rapids Summer Reading Programs

2021 Grand Rapids Summer Reading Programs 

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
June 14 – August 7
Ages: All ages
Receive a halfway prize (a frisbee or sidewalk chalk) and a free book for completing the circles. Get your log here. 
Adults will be entered into a weekly drawing for each book read. Drawings will be held each Monday and will feature gift cards to local businesses.
BARNES & NOBLE SUMMER READING 
June 1 – August 31
Ages: Grades 1 – 6
Read 8 books and record your favorite part in the Summer Reading Journal. Bring the completed journal to the store from July 1 – August 31 and receive a free book.
Use this link for PDF form in English or Español
CHUCK E. CHEESE READING REWARDS
Runs year-round!
Ages: All kids
Print off a calendar chart in English or Español and complete to redeem for 10 tokens
COOPERSVILLE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Starts June 14
For kids of all ages
The 2021 theme is: “Tails and Tales”
GARY BYKER MEMORIAL LIBRARY OF HUDSONVILLE
Starts June 7
For all ages birth – adult
Register online
GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
June 7 – August 6
For ages 5 to adult
Register online
HUDSONVILLE COMMUNITY FAIR
Ages: 2 – 15
For every 90 minutes you read, you will receive 1 carnival ride ticket. (Up to 5 tickets)
KENT COUNTY YOUTH FAIR – READING FOR RIDES
Now through August 12
Ages: kids 12 and under
Log books read and turn in your completed form for tickets to ride at the carnival on Wednesday, August 12
PIZZA HUT BOOK-IT PROGRAM
June – August
Ages: K – 6th grade
Enroll online and read your way toward a free Personal Pan Pizza.

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