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!

Research shows that kids who do not read over the summer can suffer from “summer slide” or “brain drain.” Did you know that the loss of reading skills during the summer months is cumulative? These losses add up!

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! Need some book suggestions for you or the kiddos? We’ve got you covered at the bottom of this post!

Charleston County Public Library Tails & Tales

This summer, read something-a book, magazine, newspaper, graphic novel, anything! Register and start logging your reading at ccpl.org/summeronline. The more you read and log, the more prizes you could win! Earn great prizes from sponsors. Prizes will be available for pickup at branches starting June 1st. Pre-registration begins on May 25th!

For more information on virtual online programs, prizes and prize pickup, reading lists, and registration click here.

Dorchester County Read to Me 2021 and Tails & Tales 

With different levels of the Tails & Tales summer reading program, there’s an opportunity for everyone in the family to participate, from babies to parents! Once you register, you then track your reading and earn a completion certificate once you’ve finished the program. Age groups are broken down from 0 -5 (read to me), 6- 8, tweens (9 – 12), teens (12 – 17), and adults.

The program takes place from June 12 – August 14. Find out more here.

Berkeley County Library Summer Reading Tails and Tales

  • Pre-Registration Starts: June 1
  • Summer Reading Program Starts: June 14
  • Prizes Can Be Redeemed Starting: June 28
  • Summer Reading Program Ends: August 14
  • Prizes must be redeemed by: August 28

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.

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 book from the books listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them in July and August.

Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza

From Monday, April 26 to Friday, September 3 kids can participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Program where they will be encouraged to read, celebrate their achievements and help increase access to books for their peers.

From April 26 through September 3, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic
Home Base (scholastic.com/homebase), a free digital destination that offers stories,
characters, games, and a community of readers. Readers can also earn virtual rewards.

Clemson University Summer Reading Program

Clemson University is offering several summer reading programs for both children and adults based on individual needs. For fees, other information, or to enroll, call 1-800-964-8888, or visit their website for more details.

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+

Audio Book Sync is giving teens ages 13+ FREE audiobooks to download every week starting in April. Titles change every Thursday. There are titles that cover various genres, so your teen is sure to find something they are interested in.

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 posts that have great book suggestions for adults and kids!

Our 5 Favorite Books (Toddler Approved & Mom Tolerated)
Kid Recommended Books for Your Child’s Collection
4 Audiobooks to Share with Your Daughters
5 Books That Changed My Parenting Perspective
More Books That Changed My Parenting Perspective
13 Black History Month Picture Books For Kids
Resource Roundup :: Books For Children & Teens About Anti-Racism, Diversity, & Inclusion

Happy reading!