Where to Find Kids’ Summer Reading Programs Around Grand Rapids

These are grkids.com reader-recommended summer reading programs that will help your kids fight summer brain drain. Our list is updated for 2019.

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

Grand Rapids Summer Reading Programs

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Grand Rapids Area Summer Reading Programs – 2019

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP LIBRARY

  • Runs June 10 – August 16
  • For kids birth – 12th grade
  • Sign up at the library

BAKER BOOK HOUSE SUMMER READING PROGRAM

  • Runs June 1 – August 24
  • For kids birth – 17 years old
  • The summer reading program, Ready, Set, Explore!, can be registered for in store or online
  • Adult summer reading program also available for those 18+ and you can register in store or online

BARNES & NOBLE SUMMER READING 

  • Runs May 15 – August 31
  • For kids grades 1 – 6
  • Use this link for PDF form in English or Español.

BETWEEN THE COVERS

  • Program runs May 28 – August 31
  • For all ages
  • Complete a Bingo and receive a coupon for a free book
  • Register in store at 6660 Blair Lane, Holland, MI 49424

CHUCK E. CHEESE READING REWARDS

  • Runs year-round!
  • Kids of all ages can participate
  • Print off a calendar chart in English or Español and complete to redeem for 10 tokens

COOPERSVILLE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

  • Register at the library between June 10 – 22
  • For kids birth through just graduated
  • The 2019 theme is: “A Universe of Stories” read to win prizes all summer long, as well attend free programs each week

FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD & STEAKBURGERS

  • Pick up a Super Reader bookmark in store
  • Read 5 books and return bookmark for a free one-topping sundae

GARY BYKER MEMORIAL LIBRARY OF HUDSONVILLE

  • Runs June 3- August 3
  • For all ages birth – adult
  • Register online or at the library

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

  • Runs June 3 – August 2
  • For all ages birth to adult
  • Register at the library

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

  • Runs May 27 – September 2 
  • For kids birth – 17
  • Sign-up at any GRPL branch or online

GRPL Summer Reading Program

HUDSONVILLE COMMUNITY FAIR

  • Runs June 1 – August 19, forms to be turned in on Tuesday, August 20
  • For kids 2 – 15
  • Forms can be picked up at the library, fairgrounds, or printed at home

KDL SUMMER READING PROGRAM

  • Runs June 3 – August 10 
  • For babies (under 2), youth (2 – 10), teens (11 – 17), and adults
  • Forms can be picked up in branches, printed off at home, or you can register online

KENT COUNTY YOUTH FAIR – READING FOR RIDES

  • Forms can be downloaded until Tuesday, 9:00 PM, August 6
  • For kids 12 and under
  • Log five books and turn in your completed form for tickets to ride at the carnival on Wednesday, August 7

PIZZA HUT BOOK-IT PROGRAM

  • Beat the “summer slide” by downloading and printing our summer activities that will keep your kids reading throughout the summer months. Using our summer activities, your kids are one step closer to beating the slide, setting them up for another successful school year.

SCHULER BOOKS SUMMER READING CLUB

  • Runs June 1 – August 31
  • For kids K – 8th grade
  • Drop in to the store to sign up and pick up reading log to earn store credit

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July Is Sizzling With Summer Fun! High summer is here! Starting the month off with parades and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth and festival after festival after festival, there's no shortage of fun to keep the family entertained (and there's still more to do if festivals aren't your thing). We've found live music, classic cars, outdoor movies, stage productions and more to fill up your July. Making life even sweeter, 17 of these things are FREE! For even more options, be sure to look over our Daily Calendar as new events [...]

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