Summer is almost here! Yay! Many of us are looking for ways to keep the kiddo’s reading skills fresh and stay in that reading routine over the summer. Luckily, local libraries and bookstores are here to help us out.
Our favorite summer reading program is at Powell’s Books. Kids fill out a bookmark listing the books they have read, and once they fill it up they can return it to either Powell’s location. They get a small certificate of completion and a $5 gift certificate to use on anything in the store! You also get to keep the bookmark. If you fill out the bottom portion with basic contact info, you are also entered into a grand prize drawing- usually a larger gift certificate to the store. The really cool part is that you can do this as many times as you want over the course of the summer. Chicken stocked up on books last summer, and Nugget bought many a container of slime. As of May 26th, Powell’s staff said they did not know the exact start date, but said that it should start in mid-June. Just in time for school getting out!
Barnes and Noble also does a summer reading program- and it has already started!. You can pick up their reading log in store or download it off of their website. Kids document the books the read and write a sentence or two about their favorite part. Beginning August 1, you can turn in your reading log and select a free book from a given selection based on the child’s age. There are a good variety of books and Chicken has always found ones of interest. Nugget will finally be old enough to participate this year!
Sign-ups for the Washington County Library system start today! (June 1st) Kids track their reading and can earn prizes. When registering, you get a packet of passes and discounted tickets for activities such as free Benihana kids meals, discounted Oaks Park tickets, discounted State Fair entry, free ice cream, etc. At the end of the summer you get to pick a free book if you have done all of your reading!
Multnomah County Library does a similar program. Sign-ups start June 14th and is very similar to the Washington County program. Their discounted passes include the symphony and Oregon Children’s Theatre!
Regardless of where you live in the Portland area, there is a summer reading program that can get your kids to keep reading over the summer!