Ahh, the free Field & Stream magazine subscription offer. The publication where I go “oooh, that looks nice” from the comfort of my couch. Which is located in the middle of a concrete jungle. I couldn't even tell you how to find the nearest field or stream to my house.5
As usual, I've put together a list of free Kindle eBooks. Many of these are available to everybody! For the longest time, I thought they were only for Amazon Prime members, however I discovered anybody can read these free eBooks with any number of free Kindle apps. Be it on your phone, computer, or tablet, you can download a Kindle app and get these books for free!
They're split into different categories and were all free as of this morning, though please make sure they're still free when you go to redeem them since sometimes these promos only last for a few hours / days.
Hopefully, you can find something fun to read. 📚 😃 And as usual, please check the price before you download. These free books are often time-based and will go up in price after a certain amount of time, so before you download, make sure the price is $0.00!58
As long as you count the backs of cereal boxes, I'm quite the voracious reader. I read on average two books a month and if your children are anything like me, they might be interested in this list I compiled of free summer reading programs! I've been updating this list since 2014 and was pretty surprised at how many of the offers stilled existed in 2020!
Below are all of the 2020 summer reading freebies and deals for kids! Most follow the “read X books, get 1 free” model, but there are a few that differ. Hopefully your little one enjoys reading or at least getting freebies 🙂
I also have an idea I wanted to pass along. With some of these programs, you earn a free book off a list of available books. If your child reads this summer, but isn't interested in the freebies, consider donating them! School and public library are always desperate for books. Donating them to The Salvation Army or Goodwill is another possibility. Regardless, showing your child that freebies can be fun and helpful to others is a cool idea!
Confirmed 2020 Summer Reading Freebies
Amazon – Grades K-8 can read any 8 books this summer and get
a free book$1 off your next book purchase. Man, they really downgraded this offer for 2020, huh?
Barnes & Noble – For kids in grades 1-6, get a free book after reading 8 books and filling out a Reading Journal by September 18. For adults, share your school's required reading list and get a free tall hot or iced coffee from the cafe. They also have coupons and discounts listed under the right-most “Summer Reading Deals” tab.
Books-A-Million – Read 4 books and take the form in-store to get a free Dog Man baseball cap.
Chuck E. Cheese – They have a ton of methods for kids to earn freebies, from good grades to sports achievements to reading in Spanish or English! This reading rewards calendar doesn't expire until 12/31/20 and gets 10 free Play Points with any food purchase.
DOGOBooks – Ten participants who review the most books will be eligible to win a Prize Pack of seven books shown on the site. The next twenty-five participants with the most reviews will be eligible to win a $10 Gift Card.
Half Price Books – Starting June 1, children 14 and under who read 300 minutes over June and July (that's only 5 mins/day) will receive Bookworm Bucks. I don't see where it says how much you'll get, but it was $5 previous years.
Teens can also earn HPB Bookworm Bucks by reading any of the listed titles and writing a short review.
New York Times – Every Friday from June 12 through August 21, children aged 13-19 can read one article in the NYT and write in about why they read it or what interested them. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses and publish them here. Aside from broadening their horizon's and randomly posting some of the selected weekly responses, there doesn't look to be any “reason” to do this. Still, 15-year-old-Goob would have gone crazy over this offer so maybe there's a kindred Hiffer out there who would enjoy this.
Pizza Hut – I can't find any details on what the prizes are, but Pizza Hut has run their Book It summer programs for many years now and people seem to love it.
Public Libraries – Be sure to check with your local libraries, as they often host multiple weekly, monthly, and seasonal events and reading competitions.
Scholastic – From May 4 until September 4, kids ages 6-17 can log their reading time online as part of the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge. Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.
SYNC – This free program offers audiobooks each week to teens ages 13+. You don't get any rewards, but hey, free books!
TD Bank – Finally we have the classic offer by TD Bank. Kids in grades K-5 have until Aug. 31 to read 10 books. They'll be rewarded with cold, hard cash in the form of $10 added to their free savings account.
Previous Summer Reading Deals Unconfirmed for 2020
The items below were summer reading deals during 2018-2019. If I find confirmation they'll return this year, I'll move them up above.
American Girl – Select locations in large cities are being held for girls ages 8 and up. Kids get to decorate their own bookmark and summer reading log and can take home a doll-sized poster.
HEBuddy – After reading 10 books, send in the form to receive a “cool prize,” which looks to be a free t-shirt.
LifeWay – Take your completed Summer Reading Journal to the register at your local LifeWay store to get one of nine books plus receive a free Bible, while supplies last.
Showcase Cinemas – Bookworm Wednesday rewards your little one with free admission to a select children's film when they present a book report. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report!10
Here's a cool free National Parks clean up kit that is still available to request!
- Biodegradable bright green colored bags
- Washable bright-colored gloves
- Reflective vest
- Purell Hand Sanitiser bottle (Dependent Upon avaliability)
- Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes (Dependent upon availability)
- First Aid Kit
- Restore Our Parks bumper sticker
Please try to only request this if you actually intend to use it to clean up your local community! This great freebie should arrive in 1-3 weeks.0
I was a nerdy, smart kid with my nose perpetually in a book and that trait carried over into adulthood. I'm the guy at the end of the bar more interested in reading my Kindle than socializing with strangers. Yet I've never been offered freebies based on how much I read or how smart I am! Oh, to be a kid again.
I should note I started this post in May, but kind of lost track of time 🙂 No worries though, as all the offers below should still be active for the rest of this summer or beyond.
There are a lot of other websites with outdated information on freebies for good grades. I only included offers I could verify to some degree, but I strongly encourage you check with your own locations no matter what! Since these restaurants are usually franchises, offers heavily vary by location.
Rewards via Report Cards
One of the largest Applebee's franchise, RMH Franchise, operates 135 Applebee's locationas in 15 states. They offer an A is for Applebee's program, where students 12 and under can get a free meal from the Kid's Menu if they receive an A on their report card. Many other freebie sites erroneously say this is a nationwide deal, but it's a great example of what kind of offer you can expect if your local franchise participates!
A very popular program at Cheryl's is the Cheryl's Cookies for A's. Students present their report cards at retail locations and receive a free cookie per A, for up to 3 A's they have earned.
Chuck E. Cheese – Anybody can print their Super Student Award 🙂 It's a redeemable certificate for 10 free tokens per day, however a food purchase is required.
Family Video – Throughout the month of June, students get a free overnight movie or video game rental for every A on their final report card.
Financial Institutions – Hundreds of small banks, credit unions, and even insurance companies offer rewards for good grades as well! I highly suggest checking the website of any smaller institution you're with, as well as asking your local branch. I've seen some small banks offering up to $25 for good grades! Others offered smaller cash rewards, discounts, and other prizes.
I wish these offers had been around when I was a kid. I would have made some serious cash!
Jason's Deli – They replaced their old JDPickleCards offer with a new Kids Cash system. Kids under 12 got a free kid's meal at participating locations.
Pizza Hut – Pizza Hut used to have a site dedicated to this, but I believe it's since degraded to a “location specific” freebie. I'd definitly call ahead and ask! Hopefully they still recognize the great and classic Pizza Hut good grades deal. Seriously, I can remember getting this freebie in the late 80s!
Each marking period, any child who has 3 A’s or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only. Students must be present and the original report card must be presented.
Unconfirmed or Old Freebies
Other sites report the following companies give freebies for good grades, but I've been unable to verify these claims on a nationwide basis. I've reached out to the following companies on Twitter, so please feel free to also message them and help get an answer 🙂
In the meantime, before trying to redeem any of these below, I'd make sure you call ahead first.
- Bob Evans – As of 2019, the Star Student program “is not a program that is currently active at our restaurants.”
- Burger King – Free hamburger or ice cream cone for scoring 100% on a test. This sounds crazy regional.
- Chick-fil-A – Free 8 pack of nuggets if you have all A's and B's on a report card.
- Coldstone Creamery
- Krispy Kreme – Free original glazed donut for each A, up to a half-dozen.
- Marco's Pizza – Free one-topping pizza.
- McDonald's – K-5 grade students with straight A's get a free Happy Meal. 6-12 grade students get a free Value Meal.
- The Melting Pot – The Boca Raton, FL location offers a free three or four course meal for straight A's! Others might have similar deals
I'll keep this list updated as I find new offers, so if you find anything I missed, please let me know in the comments!4
This freebie was originally posted on Dec 2, 2008 (!!!) and is available again.
Talk about a freebie offer that never quits! I first posted this free TNT Fireworks Club offer over a decade ago, but it's still kicking. I've even still got one of their stickers on my old laptop. There's also a poster, magnet, and some tattoos that come with this, but no fireworks unfortunately. I was looking forward to getting a stick of TNT and blowing something up like they do in the cartoons.7
Previous Freebie – November 2019
This freebie only lasted two days last time around!
Here's a new signup form that offers some free La Roche-Posay sunscreen. This Anthelios Clear Skin oil-free SPF 60 sunscreen is intended for your face, which is super convenient because that's where the sun shines a lot.
They also claim to “help absorb excess oil and reduce shine,” which totally sounds fake. It also has a “powerful antioxidant complex to help protect skin from free radicals caused by UV rays.”
I could have used this last year in Europe. Let's just say it's real easy to lose track of time drinking and relaxing while in Portugal 😅 My beard was the only thing that kept my full head from turning bright red by the end of my trip! Luckily, I managed to escape just before the giant heat wave hit.4
New subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited can pick up a free month of Amazon's on-demand music streaming platform. You do not have to be an Amazon Prime member in order to take advantage of this deal.
With Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen to almost any song imaginable wherever you want. Songs can be played on computers, phones, tablets, and even Amazon Alexa devices! You'll get ad-free music, with unlimited skips, plus you can download any songs to listen to offline.
Once your 30-day trial is over, you'll be charged $7.99 for Prime members or $9.99 for non-Prime members, however you won't be charged a dime as long as you cancel before your trial ends.0
The Recovery Card Project is giving away two free inspirational greeting cards! They have a huge selection of available cards and if you click on a card, it'll show you the remaining stock. Some of these are really beautiful designs and messages.
I looked around and most cards were in the 100-400 range, so I wouldn't wait too long on these! I was able to check out just now with zero shipping fee.
You know, there's a small but non-zero chance that the owner of a greeting card company might read this post. If such stars have aligned, I'd like to make my pitch as a potential Greeting Card
Author Prodigy. I think I'd be great at it and have included a few samples of my work below:
Roses are red, Violets are blue, Hey look over there, That cow just said moo.
That could be used as a fun road trip card. Or maybe for cow enthusiasts! But what about a more intimate card? Oh, I've got just what you need:
Roses are red, Violets are blue, Something something something, I love you!
See, I can write sweet nothings. I'll be awaiting your response and will accept payment in the form of burlap sacks stuffed with cash.2