By Compiled by Becky Samford, Publisher Duluth, Norcross, Suwanee, Johns Creek & Peachtree Corners Macaroni Kid June 3, 2024

School's out and summer is here, but that shouldn't mean books are left on the shelf. When students don't read during the summer months, they lose educational ground - a phenomenon that lowers achievement potential and widens the achievement gap. To encourage kids to continue reading over the summer, several organizations have created Summer Reading Challenges. 

Prizes include:  FREE tickets to Medieval Times,  Six Flags, Gwinnett Stripers, Atlanta Hawks, Stars & Strikes plus books, audiobooks, or other prizes! 

1. Georgia's FREE Online Resources
Through a partnership between Get Georgia Reading – Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and myON, all educators, librarians, students and parents in Georgia have free access to thousands of enhanced digital books available in myON through August 31, 2024.

To log in for free:  

  1. Go to and click the myON Login button. 
  2. Enter the following login information:
    1. School Name: Get Georgia Reading, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
      *Don't cut and paste, Begin typing the first few letters and select from the drop-down menu.
    2. User Name: fultoncounty
      Password: read
  3. Click "Sign In", select a book, and begin reading!

2. Gwinnett County Library Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program helps kids practice their reading skills while having fun! Prizes, events, and lots of great books are available all summer long.

Readers of all ages are welcome to participate. Register for the program on Beanstack to keep track of reading activities, earn digital badges, collect great prizes, and more!

Kids will receive a Certificate of Recognition and a chance to win super awesome stuff like a FREE membership to the Hudgens Center for Art, FREE book of their choice, tickets to the Aurora Theatre Children's Playhouse, a Gwinnett Strippers Game, FREE Stars and Strikes game, a telescope, a $250 Dave & Buster's Gift Card, Ranger Meal at Texas Roadhouse, ticket to AMC movies, and tickets to Medieval Times! Prizes vary by age and are available while supplies last.

3. Fulton County Library Summer Reading Program

Join us for free programs, classes, and events for every age, both virtually and socially-distanced at our 32 branches. Everyone can enjoy a summer of reading and fun!

If you already have an account, please sign in. If this is your first time, create a new account. You can register online and download the Beanstack Tracker App (Google Play | Apple).

 Prizes are not revealed until the book is logged.

4. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program at The Forum

Step 1: Kids in 1st through 6th grade, read any 8 books this summer and record them in a Summer Reading Journal.
Step 2: Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B & N store.
Step 3: Receive a FREE reading adventure book you choose from the book list on the journal.

Learn more about the program and get summer reading suggestions for all ages at

5. Atlanta Hawks Check It Out Reading Program

Students in grades K-12 who successfully read at least five books will receive:

  • A Check it Out Reading Challenge bookmark (while supplies last)
  • A free youth ticket with the purchase of at least 1 adult ticket to a 2024 Atlanta Hawks regular season game. 

6. Pizza Hut's Summer Reading Program

Children in Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade can join Camp BOOK IT! Track and reward your kids' reading for June, July, and August. Meet the monthly reading goal and receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! Fun activities and book recommendations will be shared each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer. 

7.Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 

This program is open to students in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia for 18 weeks. To participate, students must be registered by an educator, meaning a teacher, public librarian or community organization leader. Once registered, students will receive a username and password from their educator, librarian or community organization leader to log into, and begin logging their summer reading minutes. Students can unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges

08.  Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program

Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Mensa Kids Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too!

09. Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge

Ages 0-13 can join Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge! Kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges, and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content. 

10. Magic Tree House Kids' Adventure Club

Join the Magic Tree House Kids’ Adventure Club to travel the world and beyond with Jack and Annie, test your knowledge, and earn rewards—just by reading!

11. Book Adventure

Book Adventure is an interactive reading assessment, management and rewards program. And the NEW Book Adventure is much more than just our 15,000 book quizzes!  This online program encourages, assesses and rewards independent reading.

12. The New York Times 15th Annual Summer Reading Contest 

Teens worldwide are invited to participate in this contest from June 7–August 16, 2024. Each Friday, The Times poses two questions: "What got your attention in The Times this week? Why?" Responses must be 300 words or fewer; only one submission per person per week.

Teens (ages 13-19) can choose from any article, Op-Ed, video, graphic, podcast, or photograph published in 2023 on any topic they like. Tweens (ages 11-12) can ask an adult to submit a comment via a form on the student's behalf. The New York Times will announce winners every Tuesday and publish their writing.

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