Ultimate Guide to Summer Reading Programs Around Charleston


Summertime is upon us! Time to let littles relax and have fun…playing outdoors, staying up late, and reading!

Reading? YES!

We know it can be difficult to get your children to read when they are supposed to be on a “break” from all things school, but check out these resources and events going on this summer…hopefully, these events will help make reading and learning over the summer break a little easier for you and your children!

P.S. – Don’t forget to be a reading role model! Take time for yourself this summer to sit in a hammock and READ! Magazines, comic books, catalogs, cookbooks – reading is reading and if your children see you reading, chances are they will want to read too! Make it fun! Go on an adventure to the local library or find one of our many community little libraries. Need some book suggestions for you or the kiddos? We’ve got you covered at the bottom of this article!

Summer Reading Programs Around Charleston

Charleston County Public Library- Camp CCPL 2024

  • May 15 – July 31

Worry less, read more! Get lost at your local Charleston County Public Library as we host our 2024 Summer Reading Program. In partnership with Charleston County School District (CCSD), the program promotes reading and offers incentives throughout the summer, along with featured events for all ages. Prize pickup begins June 1.

Register and start logging your reading at ccpl.org/summeronline. The more you read and log, the more prizes you could win!

Dorchester County Library Summer Reading

  •  June 1 – July 31

Sign up at the Library to pick up a game card or show you’ve registered on Beanstack to receive your free prize!

Berkeley County Library Summer Reading Program

  • Pre-Registration Starts: May 20
  • Summer Reading Program Starts: June 1
  • Prizes Can Be Redeemed Starting: June 10
  • Summer Reading Program Ends: July 31
  • Prizes must be redeemed by: August 7

Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, children, teens, and adults can all participate! Children too young to read by themselves are welcome to participate by having a parent or caretaker sign them up and read to them. BCLS uses Beanstack as a provider for the Summer Reading Program.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books. They simply read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends, or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in our Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free books from the books listed in the Reading Journal and collect their free books from a store near them during July and August.

Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza

The Scholastic Summer Reading program offers kids an exciting, free, and safe summer reading experience while helping to provide books to kids with limited or no access over the summer, keeping every child reading.

From May 9th through September 12th, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a completely free digital destination that offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers

Camp BOOK IT! Pizza Hut Reading Program

  • Program Dates: June – August

Camp BOOK IT! is open to all families with PreK-6th grade students (ages 4-12). Parents set goals, track reading, and reward their students, all in our digital dashboard.

Clemson University Summer Reading Program

This summer, help your child become a confident, enthusiastic reader in the Summer Reading Skills Programs, offered by Clemson University’s Center for Corporate Learning. Classes are taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Reading Rockets assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build ­fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. This is not a summer reading program, but a great website to get ideas and book lists.

SYNC Free Audio Books for Teens Ages 13+

SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks each week. Titles are all available worldwide and change every Thursday at midnight Eastern Time during the season.

Sora, Reading App for Kids by Overdrive

Borrow and open books with one tap. Earn badges by reading books and using app features. See how many books you’ve read, your total reading time, and more.

There you go! There are many choices for summer reading – don’t make yourself crazy doing all of the summer reading programs. The most important thing you can do this summer to promote reading at home is to give your child TIME to read what they want. Check out some of our other articles which have great book suggestions for adults and kids!

Happy Reading!


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