Summer Reading Programs for Petites & The Whole Family


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As a former teacher, I spent a lot of time encouraging families to read over the summer even if just for 20 minutes a day over the summer.  There are so many really amazing and FREE programs out there that help make reading accessible.  Public libraries are a great place to start also some bookstores do fun reading programs as well.  Here are the reading programs happening in and around Seattle.  Happy Reading!

King County Library 

  • Starts June 1st and ends August 31st
  • Head to your local library to get all the documents you need to sign your petites and yourself up
  • Or you can download and print all documents from home and get started reading right away


Seattle Public Library

Astounding Tales of Nature! 

  • Starts June 27
  • Get your free Explorer’s Handbook filled with fun activities
  • Place your name on the Wall of Astounding Explorers by:
    • Completing 5 activities in the Explorer’s Handbook
    • Reading 30 or more days over the summer
    • Solving the Super, Secret Mystery Challenge
  • Attend free programs (one-offs and series) all summer long
    • Some programs will require pre-registration. Registration will open 2 weeks before the start of each workshop or series.

Barnes and Noble

Summer Reading Triathlon starts this weekend at all Barnes and Nobles’ nationwide.

  • Saturday June 4th at 11
    • The Opening Ceremony will feature such engaging activities as puzzles, code breaking, and other fun inspired by Chris Grabenstein’s Mr. Lemoncello series
    • along with giveaways (including stickers and bookmarks) based on beloved children’s books, while supplies last.
  • Pick up your reading journal
  • Read three books over the summer and earn a book from B&N for grades one – six
  • Here is the link for more information
  • ends on August 27th


University Bookstore

  • Its already started and goes through August
  • Pre -K to Grade 8
  • Get started by picking up your Summer Explorers reading log at our U DistrictBellevueMill Creek, or Tacomastore.
  • Stock up on summer reading with a coupon for 20% off your next kids books purchase.
  • After you read five books, bring your reading log back in to pick out a fun prize.
  • Read ten books and bring your completed reading log back to get a FREE book, cool button, and a coupon for $5 off your next kids books purchase.
  • Share your favorite books with others by writing your own reviews in your log or on our Young Readers’ Review cards.







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