houston summer reading programs

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Summer activities to stimulate the mind and spark curiosity.

Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library system is proud to present the John P. McGovern Summer Reading Program, Explore the Unknown. Participants of all ages can register online to track their reading progress over the summer as they receive prizes to reward their participation in the program. Additionally, many local branches offer special events and activities for children to explore the unknown. Find more information here.

Harris County Public Libraries

Harris County Public Libraries is excited to announce the launch of their A Universe of Stories summer reading program. The program ‘blasts-off’ on June 3rd, with a special kick-off ‘Summerpaloosa’ event on June 8th (event details can be found here). Participants in the HCPL Summer Reading Program earn special prizes as they reach their reading goals. Additionally, local branches may offer special programs and events throughout the summer. Click here for more information and be sure to check your local branch for details on special events.

Sugar Land Skeeters Summer Reading Program | Read with the Skeeters

Hit a home run with the Sugar Land Skeeters’ Summer Reading Program! The Sugar Land Skeeters encourage children to ‘Read with the Skeeters’ by providing two free tickets to students who read four books over the duration of the summer. Participants must print out and complete a bookmark (found here) to redeem two free tickets to a Skeeters game at Constellation Field. For more information, click here

H-E-B Summer Reading Program

H-E-B celebrates summer by inviting all Texas students to participate in the H-E-Buddy Summer Reading Club. Upon the completion of ten books, participants will receive an exclusive t-shirt as a prize for their hard work and commitment to reading. Find more details here here.

Children’s Museum of Houston / Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation | Camp Adventure!

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and The Children’s Museum of Houston are proud to present Camp Adventure! Any HISD student attending a Title I school is invited to attend this two-week long summer camp. Campers will participate in exciting STEAM-based activities and engaging literacy-based curriculum. For more information on Camp Adventure! or to register, click here.

Scholastic Read-a-Palooza

The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a web-based summer reading challenge where participants log their progress to unlock exclusive access to digital content as they work collectively to reach ‘reading milestones’ where Scholastic has pledged to donate books to communities in need. Participants can work independently, or as a part of a team. Register here.

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble is celebrating summer with the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program. Participants download and print a summer reading journal to record their individual progress. Starting August 1st, participant can bring in a completed summer reading journal to their local Barnes and Noble store to redeem a copy of a book from a list of selected titles. To print the reading journal and find more information, click here.


Books-a-Million wants students to avoid the dreaded summer slump by participating in their Summer Reading Adventure Program. Participants who complete four books from a list of select titles (found here) and document their progress using the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Summer Reading Adventure Journal are eligible to redeem their completed journal for an exclusive drawstring backpack at many Books-a-Million locations. For more information, or to download the reading journal, click here.


Half-Price Books wants all students to become bookworms this summer through their Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program. Children ages 14 and under are invited to record their reading hours using the Feed Your Brain Reading log. Upon reaching 300 minutes of reading, participants can bring in their completed reading log and receive a five-dollar Bookworm Bucks credit to be redeemed on any book purchase. Older bookworms can participate in a variation of the Feed Your Brain program by writing online book reviews. For more information on the under-14 Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program, click here. For more information on the teen Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program, click here.

Read Strong All Year Long | Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston offers a variety of programs to sustain and enhance literacy skills over the summer. The Museum hosts a weekly story time at its in-house library, complete with interactive activities and book giveaways. More details on the Houston Pi Beta Phi Foundation Storytime can be found here.