Summer Reading Programs – National & Western Washington Programs

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Summer Reading Programs in Western Washington

Summer Reading Programs – National & Western Washington Programs

Looking for a great summer reading program for your kids this year? We are back this year with a roundup of the Summer Reading programs that are happening around the country as well as in the Pacific Northwest. We are providing the list of summer reading programs for the Puget Sound area. You can find the list of Oregon Summer Reading programs at Frugal Living NW.

Summer reading incentive programs are a great way to keep kids motivated, stay on track with the skills they learned throughout the year & foster that love of reading they’ll carry to adulthood. This year’s summer reading program are typically offering free books for the more books your child reads during the summer, as well as other possible prizes, too!

If you have a library card for a particular library system, remember that those library systems typically have a reciprocal relationship where you can also check out library books with the other library systems, so make sure to look into that if your child is feeling particularly ambitious this summer! :)

One more fun way for kids to continue to learn through the summer are the Kiwi Crates. My kids have these and love them.  They are STEAM based projects the kids build or create and they are just focused on having fun, but they are learning too!

You can also find a free Audio Book program for teens here. SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens ages 13 and up!

National Reading Programs:

Barnes & Noble:

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

If your child reads at least 8 books, they will earn a FREE book. Download a reading journal and once your child has read 3 books, completing a journal about the books they’ve read, and bringing it into a local Barnes & Noble store to redeem (check website for details on when to do that). This is for grades 1st – 6th.

Chuck E Cheese:

Your child can earn 10 FREE tokens every time he or she reads for 2 weeks in a row.  Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free tokens. Limit of 1 free token offer per child per day (food purchase is required). Download a Reading Rewards Calendar. English Calendar | Spanish Reading Calendar

Pizza Hut Book-It Program:

pizza hut book it program

Sign up your kids for the Camp BOOK IT program to keep kids reading all summer. Kids can track their reading all during June, July & August in their digital dashboard. When you meet your monthly reading goal, you’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan pizza from Pizza Hut.

Half-Price Books:

Kids 14 years and under can earn Bookworm Bucks by reading 15 minutes a day for a month in June and July.  Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning to read.  Track your reading on a printable reading log which must be initialed by a guardian.  Once the child has reached 300 or more minutes, bring the log to your local HPB to claim Bookworm Bucks.  High school students must read a book each month in June and July and write a short review instead of using a log.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge:

Kids can log in their minutes they’ve read & earn awesome virtual prizes.

Puget Sound Area Library Programs:

Puget Sound Summer Reading Programs

There are a number of public libraries offering summer reading programs. Many libraries also have programs for kids ages birth- 5 (preschool group) & for teens as well.

KING COUNTY:

  • King County Library SystemBe a reading champion and earn a patch & journal with fun in-library programs and online activities for children birth to 5th grade. Download or pick up a Reading Log and keep track of your minutes. 
  • Seattle Public LibraryThe Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning Program offers various activities for young kids to teens. They will update sometime in June with more information about this year’s program.

PIERCE COUNTY:

  • Pierce County Library – Check back sometime in June & there will be more information for their Summer Reading program.
  • Pierce County Library Teen Summer Challenge Program – Teens ages 13+ can challenge themselves to explore your interests, your library, and your community through a variety of activities that offer something for everyone!  Anyone can register and participate, but to earn prizes you’ll need to be a teen with a valid Pierce County Library Card.
  • Tacoma Public Library  You can use a digital log or paper log & make sure to stop by the library for a sign-up prize as well as a prizes for your summer reading that you do.
  • Puyallup Public Library – Use the Beanstack app to keep track of the books you read. This is available for kids, teens, & adults & kids & teens can pick up a book from the main desk when you sign up & adults can pick up a free tote bag (while supplies last). Kids & teens who complete the challenges will get another free book & adults will get a free drink coupon for Athem (while supplies last). If you read more than 20 hours, you will be entered to win a gift card.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY / ISLAND COUNTY:

  • Sno-Isle Library System –  The summer reading program starts June 20th for kids & teens. Read books, fill up your reading log. Then bring in your completed log to choose a free book as a prize.
  • Everett Public Library – Grab a reading log  in person, online or use the Beanstack app and start reading to earn free books. Kids & adults will earn a free book & entered to win other prizes. Adults even have a challenge too!

SKAGIT COUNTY:

  • Mount Vernon Public Library – Read books and earn badges online. They also have paper logs if you’d prefer to do it & turn it in person. Registration starts in June
  • City of Burlington Public Library -Printable reading logs are available for preschool & grade schoolers. Win a prize for each 100 minutes you read & be entered into raffles for more prizes.
  • Anacortes Public Library –  They do not have the details yet for the Summer Reading program.  Sign up online through the Anacortes Public Library or at the library. Kids from birth to age 18 can sign up and track their reading through the printable journal. Once the reading goals have been reached, they can choose a free paperback (This is last year’s program, but should be similar)
  • Upper Skagit Library District – They do not have the details yet for this year – keep checking back. (From last year: Kids ages 0-17 can earn prizes during this year’s Summer Reading Program.  Sign up and pick up a packet at the library and color in a reading log for every 20 minutes you read to earn a free book.)
  • La Conner Library – Their website has not been updated yet, but keep checking back. There are lots of great activities, events, and books available soonb! Check out the website for more info on activities or stop by the library for more information about the summer reading program.

WHATCOM COUNTY:

  • Whatcom County Library –  Sign up anytime at your local library or print off the form online. School-age kiddos set their own reading goal which they track on the Book  card. You can download the form or pick one up at your local library.
  • Bellingham Public Library – Summer reading program starts June 1st for kids, teens & adults in Bellingham. You can download & print your own form online or pick it up at your local library. They will also have several library parties in the park scheduled too.

KITSAP COUNTY:

  • Kitsap County Library – Participate in Track Your Reading! Read 10 hours and get a prize (book or journal)! Read any book that you want! If 10 hours is an easy goal for you to meet, read 100 hours and get a limited edition t-shirt!

MASON, GRAYS HARBOR, THURSTON, LEWIS, and PACIFIC COUNTIES:

  • Timberland Library –  Sign up in your local library or register online.  Get a prize book just for signing up. Complete reading logs and activity sheets for rewards!

CLALLAM COUNTY:

  • North Olympic Library System – They have not updated with the summer reading program, but it looks similar to the Port Townsend library reading program where you can register in person or online using the Beanstack app. Read books to earn a free book & earn a limited edition T-shirt with extra hours.
  • Port Townsend Library – Register in person at the library or on the Beanstack app. Read 10 hours to earn a new book. Read 45 hours to earn a limited edition t-shirt designed by local artist, Dana Sullivan. There is a program for kids, teens & adults.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:

  • Jefferson County Library – Register in person or online  at the Beanstack app. You can earn a free book when you read 21 days & earn a custom t shirt when you read for 61 days.

For more Summer Fun around the Northwest – check out these ideas:

Online Learning Resources over 30 resources with many free!

Virtual Field Trips – Lots of resources to explore the world online.

Seattle Staycation Ideas – over 100 ideas for staycations around the Seattle area

Northwest Park Reviews – Check out our list of parks around the Northwest to find a new park to explore over the summer

If I have missed any local library programs, please leave a comment so I can add it to our list!

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  1. Half Price Books has launched a new summer reading program this year – the Half Price Books Summer Reading Camp! The program features an online reading log, monthly rewards, printable activities, weekly giveaways of Half Pint Lending Libraries and HPB gift cards, and more. You can find all details about the program at http://www.hpb.com/summer. Thanks!

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