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. Plus, be sure to check out our weekly Summer Reading Recommendations at the bottom of the post.

Ann Arbor Summer Reading Programs & Recommendations

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 the requirement. (Then again, it’s the third day of break and she’s working on her third book).

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 can get stickers for every three books, a small prize at 5 books, and a free book from the prize cart after 10 books.


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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 on July 8th. Last year my daughter earned an AADL bank and AADL playing cards. She’s already started logging her reading time for the 2016 Summer Game and collected lots of codes at the Comic Arts Festival.

Summer Game starts today! 7,227 prizes were awarded in the 2015 Summer Game. Will you play this year? Get started at play.aadl.org #MILibSnap


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Posted by Ann Arbor District Library on Friday, June 17, 2016

Literati Bookstore

Literati Bookstore is offering a summer reading program for kids ages 5-14. Kids who read 10 books over the summer receive a $10 Literati Gift Card. Each child is eligible for one form. The forms are available in store.

Announcing our Summer Reading program for kids ages 5-14! Read 10 books by August 20th and get a $10 Literati gift certificate. One form per child. Forms available in-store. Happy reading!

Posted by Literati Bookstore on Friday, June 17, 2016

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 15 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.

Posted by Nicola's Books Ann Arbor on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is offering a Summer Reading Triathlon at all of their stores for kids in grades 1-6   Kids can earn a free book from a selection by reading 8 books  one thing that I love about the Barnes and Noble program is that it is nationwide. Last year when we were on 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.

Emagine Theaters

Emagine Movie Theaters is offering a Free Kids Snack Pack for every 3 books they read and the purchase of a movie ticket. The program is available for kids under 11. The closest Emagine Theaters to Ann Arbor are in Westland and Novi.

This summer, join our summer reading program! Read 3 books and get a free snack pack. Learn more – http://www.emagine-entertainment.com/summer-reading-program/

Posted by Emagine Theatres on Saturday, June 11, 2016

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).

Other Area Libraries

Ypsilanti District Library

The Ypsilanti District Library offers different programs for each age group. Anyone who registers 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. Along the way readers will earn small prizes that culminate in a free book. Tasks, prizes, and rules vary by the readers age range.

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 16. 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 12. Their website does not have more information on their program, but I am sure Saline residents can get details in person.

Summer Reading Recommendations

Every Monday this summer we are sharing a list of Summer Reading Recommendations. The list below will be updated as new recommendations are made throughout the summer.
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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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