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.







What we’ve been reading this week

Since it is now summer time here in the Pacific Northwest, I thought I would share some of the things we are reading each week.  I also would encourage you lovely readers to tell me about what you’re reading too.  I love it when people send me links to interesting articles or links for new books that are coming out, it honestly makes my day.  So please, share what you’re reading with your petites on The Petite Stag face book page.  Also, if you love one of these books too, tell me about it.

Here is a snippet of what we are reading this week:

Claude in the City by Alex T. Smith 2011, copyright Peachtree Publishing.  This book is part of a series of delightful books, there are five in total right now.  These books are so much fun, Claude has a very best friend Sir Bobblysock and they go on all sorts of adventures.  Sometimes inadvertently saving the day.  This young reader chapter book is perfect for both boys and girls and its silly humor will even have parents giggling at story time.  Thanks to Lindsay, for introducing us to Claude, we are fast friends.

We love whales in this house, a lot.  So when the petite saw, The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond copyright 2015 Enchanted Lion Books, we knew this one was clearly going in our overflowing book bag.  Although the petite was drawn to the enchanting cover, this book is more geared toward pre-k and up.  It has really interesting facts about blue whales and delightful illustrations that make reading this books so enjoyable.  What I love the most about this book is that it starts with intrigue and a little one who started to read a book.  I am sure if your petite loves whales or learning interesting facts you will thoroughly enjoy.
If: A Mind Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith with art by Steve Adams copyright 2014 Kids Can Press.  This is a really fun book, perfect for petites who crave knowledge.  For example you will learn about the events of the last 3000 years of history as if they were condensed into one month.  You will learn about inventions, continents, water, money, species of living things, population, food and more.  This is a perfect book for 2nd grade through middle school.  However, with some explaining I was to share it with my petite who will be a first grader next year.  This book would also be perfect for any teachers classroom library.
Who isn’t a fan of a crow in a scarf and matching sweater?  Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt with art by Rob Dunlavey copyright 2015, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, will delight your tiny mathematicians.  The sweater wearing crows go about their day but in a counting way.  This book is perfect for toddlers through pre-k.  Also perfect for beginning readers to read to their younger siblings.

Water is Water, by Miranda Paul with art by Jason Chin copyright 2015 Roaring Brook Press is gorgeously illustrated.  In this book your petite will learn all about the water cycle and what that looks like with lovely rhythmic language that just rolls off of your tongue.  This book is really fun to read.  If your petite is enjoying some time this summer in a lake or happens to get caught in summer rains you will want to check this one our right away and take the opportunity to learn more about the water cycle.

Now it’s your turn, tell me what you are reading this week?  Please share with us at The Petite Stag on Facebook.

Happy summer reading!