Summer Reading Programs – National & Western Washington Programs

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Summer Reading Programs in Western Washington

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.

Summer Reading Program Prizes

Plus, they have awesome prizes! My girls just turned in their Summer Reading logs to our Pierce County library & here’s all they got (with a bonus extra log to earn another prize after they finish 15 more hours):

  • Seattle Storm Tickets (2 tickets on each certificate – so a total of 4 tickets for my 2 girls)
  • Northwest Trek / Point Defiance Zoo Child Ticket
  • Tacoma Rainiers ticket
  • Free Crazy Bread from Little Caesars
  • $5 off Library fines coupon (oh boy, we always need these – anyone else?)
  • Free New Book (that they could choose from select books)
  • And other small prizes.

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).

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

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. Redeem by August 29, 2019.

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 medal 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.  It sounds like this year you can enter to win a pack of books, as a halfway prize by reading 500 minutes, and a KCLS Summer Reading Champion Medal by reading 1,000 minutes! 
  • Seattle Public LibraryThe Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning Program offers various activities for young kids to teens.

PIERCE COUNTY:

  • Pierce County Library – This year the program will be offering access to online virtual events. There are additional learning opportunities for more chances to win sweepstakes + parent sweepstakes to enter to win a parent’s prize.
  • 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   Read, listen, and create, and play bingo to earn your reading points. Readers who complete their bingo cards can bring them into the library to collect your prize and fill out a raffle entry as well.
  • Puyallup Public Library – Register you or your whole family. After you’ll be checking off activities you’ve done, books you’ve read, and more. You’ll earn raffle tickets to be entered to win different prizes along the way.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY / ISLAND COUNTY:

  • Sno-Isle Library System –  Register online or in the library when it opens up. 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 online and start reading to earn free books. Contact the library for more in-depth information on the program. Adults even have a challenge too!

SKAGIT COUNTY:

  • Mount Vernon Public Library – Read books and earn badges online.
  • City of Burlington Public Library -Printable reading logs are available for Babies (0-35 months), Kids (Ages 3-Grade 5), Teens (Grade 6-12) and even Adults.
    • Babies (0-35 months) can earn points by being read to or by doing pre-literacy activities with you.  For every 10 objects crossed off on the list, your little one receives a prize.
    • Kids (Age 3-Grade 3) Must mark off 1 block for each book they’ve read.
    • Tweens (Grade 4-6) have to read 20 minutes a day/120 minutes a week to get the weekly prize.
    • Teens (Grade 7-12) They can attend teen events to earn food and other prizes.
    • Adults can enter a Summer Reading Prize Drawing by checking out 45 total books.
  • Anacortes Public Library –  Register for this year’s 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.
  • Upper Skagit Library District – 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.  Read and report at least 10 hours by August 31st to earn a free paperback book.  Read 100 hours and receive a special prize.   There are several free activities happening all summer long as well.
  • La Conner Library – There are lots of great activities, events, and books available now! 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 – On Your Mark, Get Set, Read Summer Reading program! Sign up anytime at your local library. School-age kiddos and teens set their own reading goal which they track on the Book Bingo card. Once the goal has been met, receive your choice of a Summer Reading Reward Book. Early readers can spend their summer reading books and completing activities that you can track on the Book Bingo card for Early Learners. Complete 5 or more Early Literacy activities and receive a Summer Reading Reward Book!
  • Bellingham Public Library – On Your Mark, Get Set, Read is happening now.  For early readers, print an activity sheet from home or get one at your library. Complete the activities and receive a book from the library, Summer Reading Superstar yard sign, and a mystery prize!  Students through the Bellingham schools will receive their bingo card from the school librarian.

KITSAP COUNTY:

  • Kitsap County Library – Participate in Track Your Reading! Read 10 hours and get a prize! 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!  You can also receive a prize by getting inspired to reach a goal for which you can enter to win one of the amazing prize baskets!

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

  • Timberland Library – As soon as school is out, sign up for A Universe of Stories! Sign up in your local library or register online.  Complete reading logs and activity sheets for rewards!  There will be lots going on at the library including free entertainment.

CLALLAM COUNTY:

  • North Olympic Library System – A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program runs from June 15th to August 17th.  Ages 3-12 can sign up and complete 14 hours of reading (read or be read to). Just sign up when registration opens to earn a free book! You decide and set your reading goals. Read or be read to 15 days to earn a ticket entry for one of the prizes. Read 30 days to earn a special t-shirt! Readers who participate have the option of winning four different prizes including a whale watching tour, an airplane flight from Rite Brother’s Aviation, a Lego set, or a gift to a local restaurant.  These prizes are for kids, teens, and adults! Tickets must be submitted by August 19th.

JEFFERSON COUNTY:

  • Jefferson County Library – Exercise your mind and your body during the summer reading program for online games and activities.

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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