Ann Arbor Summer Reading Programs & Recommendations

Ann Arbor Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs with rewards for kids have been going on for as long as I can remember. Fortunately there are some great Ann Arbor Summer Reading Programs. I’m also sharing links to the Summer Reading Recommendations that we have shared in the past

Over the years my daughter has participated in a number of different summer reading programs. When she was younger and reading very short books, I made her use different books for each program that she participate in. Now that she reads longer books that take her a week or longer to read, I am not as strict on that requirement. (Then again, it’s the third day of break and she’s working on her third book).

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Ann Arbor Summer Reading Programs

Ann Arbor District Library

Each year the Ann Arbor District Library has their Summer Game. The program has evolved from a straight reading program to a full-on game that rewards not just reading, but also includes attending library events, exploring the library and their website, and other fun ways to earn codes. 

Kids and adults can still earn prizes for reading books. Kids need to read 10 books. Along the way they get a small prize at 5 books, and a free book from the prize cart after 10 books. Adults (and teens) receive a reward at 5 books. With the books on my daughter’s list to read this summer, I think the teen program will be a better fit.


In the Summer Game, kids and adults can earn points for time or pages read, completing books, attending library events, finding codes at libraries, museums, and parks, and more activities. Points can be spent in the online Summer Game Shop which will open in mid-July. I’ve seen some friends using great prizes, so we’ll definitely try to shop early this year.

The AADL program is just for residents in the Ann Arbor library service area. If you live in another library’s device area, check your library for details on their summer reading program.

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Nicola’s Bookstore

Children in grades K-8 can participate in Nicola’s Books Summer Reading Club. Kids can earn a $6 Nicola’s Books coupon for reading 20 books. They are eligible for up to 5 for the summer. As my daughter has gotten older, I’ve noticed it is harder for her to reach Summer Reading program milestones because her books are longer. Nicola’s Books also recognizes this and credits any book over 200 pages as 2 books. Even counting long books as two, I’m not sure my daughter can read 20 books with the books on her list. The 20 is an increase from last year when it was 15 books.

They also offer a Read-to-Me club for children ages 3+ who are not yet able to read.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble offers a Summer Reading Program at all of their stores for kids in grades 1-6. Kids can earn a free book from their selection by reading 8 books. One thing that I love about the Barnes and Noble program is that it is nationwide. On our 2015 summer vacation my daughter finished all the books that she brought with us on the drive to our destination. She was able to redeem a free book to read on the rest of our trip.


Chuck E Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese offers a Reading Rewards Program. Read every day for 2 weeks and redeem the coupon for 10 free tokens (a food purchase is required).

Literati Bookstore

Literati Bookstore has offered a Summer Reading Club in past years. I cannot find any information on their website, or social media. I have emailed them to ask if they are offering a program for 2018 and am awaiting an answer.


Other Area Libraries

Ypsilanti District Library

The Ypsilanti District Library offers different programs for each age group. Kids and Teens who register for their Summer Reading Program receive a free day pass to the Rutherford Pool! Readers earn points for reading time, completing a book, and attending library events. Kids and Teens earn a free book after reading 6 books. There will be drawings throughout the summer and at the end of the summer. You can also earn digital badges by exploring the library, attending events, and even around town.

Dexter District Library

Dexter District Library has a Summer Reading Program for all ages from listeners through adults. Their Summer Reading Kickoff was held on June 18. I love that the teen program focuses on reading for 3 hours each week for a weekly prize drawing. And a grand prize drawing and goody bag for reading 3 hours for all 7 weeks weeks. For more information, visit the Dexter District Library. To go along with their summer reading program, they offer a wide variety of events from story times to crafts to movies and much more.

Saline District Library

The Saline District Library held their summer reading kickoff on June 18. Kids can pick up their form in person at the library. They also have an online program for teens and adults. 


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