9 Summer Reading Programs In and Around Los Angeles
One of the best things you can do with your child during the summer is read. (And remember, reading independently is just as important as reading together.) To keep kids motivated during summer break, there are several free summer reading programs that help kids stay accountable for their reading minutes. Here are 9 Summer Reading Programs in and Around Los Angeles.
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The Glendale Public Library System is hosting its summer reading program from June 6th through August 21st. Families can pick up a reading log at any Glendale library branch. Children read (or are read to), record their books, and then earn a prize book.
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
several locations including
The Americana at Brand
210 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
Barnes and Noble makes it super-easy for kids to earn a free book this summer. The program began May 15th and continues through September 3rd. Children can pick up a “journal” in store or you can download one online. Children then read eight books of their choosing, write down their favorite part of each book, and then exchange the completed journal for a brand new book from Barnes and Noble (from a list of books on the journal).
Los Angeles Public Library Summer Reading Challenge
The Los Angeles Public Library System invites readers of all ages to participate in its Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” and the program runs from June 4th through August 4th. Children earn points for books read, reviews written, and library events attended. Points eventually convert into prizes. You can register at your nearest library branch or online.
Barefoot Books offers a free, online summer reading program for children of all ages. Once you sign up, families will receive a welcome letter, membership certificate for your child, a reading log, activity printables, and much more. Barefoot Books strives to help families raise “compassionate, courageous children who can make a difference in the world with the power of kindness.”
Los Angeles County Libraries host their summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” The program begins June 1st and continues through August 11th. Every member of the family can participate from babies to teens to adults. Families can register online or in their nearest library branch. Readers earn points for reading books and “completing missions” and then earn rewards and a certificate of completion.
Reading Rewards with Chuck E. Cheese’s
several locations including
6901 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Keep track of your child’s reading this summer with a special free, downloadable Reward Calendar from Chuck E. Cheese’s. Once your child has completed their calendar, bring it into your nearest Chuck E. Cheese’s location to receive 10 free tokens as a reward.
Beverly Hills Library – Reading Takes You Everywhere
444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The Beverly Hills Library invites readers of all ages to participate in its summer reading program “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” The program began May 18th and continues through August 19th. You can register online or in person (and you don’t have to be a Beverly Hills resident to obtain a library card). Readers keep track of hours read, earning prizes along the way. There are also special programs held throughout the summer — Terrific Tuesdays for children up to 4th grade and Tween/Teen Thursdays for students entering 5th to 12th grades.
American Girl Los Angeles Book Club
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Girls ages 8 and up can participate in the American Girl Los Angeles Book Club. From June through August, girls will receive a book to read and will then meet to discuss the book. Book club meetings also feature a breakfast snack, a magazine, and a character-themed craft to take home. Reservations are required. Fee is $10 per person.
Kidspace Book Club
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
Kidspace Children’s Museum invites kids to participate in its first annual Book Club from June 9th through August 5th. Each week, children will explore a different topic by reading a book related to that topic. After reading the book, kids are invited to pick a fun way to share what they have learned (for example making art, creating a song or poem). Kids bring their “book share” to the Museum each weekend and earn a button unique to that week’s theme. (Kids read books of their own choosing as long as they are related to the theme. The Museum will have a list of suggested titles if needed).
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