Looking for a fun reading program to keep your kids on track this summer? Or maybe you want to keep yourself on top of new releases and try different genres. Portland libraries and national companies offer summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. Best of all, you can win prizes for participating in these free reading programs.
Find the right summer reading program for you and your kids.
Local Summer Reading Programs
Multnomah County Library
The Multnomah County Library’s summer reading program begins June 16 and runs through August 31. This program is open to all kids, from babies to high school seniors.
Students earn prizes for reading daily. Starting on June 16, pick up a game board at your closest Multnomah County Library location or sign up online.
Here’s how to play:
- Mark a space for every day the student reads or listens to a book, or do any of the fun activities.
- Each time the student marks at least 15 days (they don’t have to be in a row!), visit the library to receive a prize. If your student plays on paper, make sure you bring the game board with you.
- Once the student has read 45 days total, the game is completed. Visit your nearest library on or after July 30 to receive a t-shirt (while supplies last) and an entry in the grand prize drawing for the student’s age level.
- Prizes must be claimed by August 31, 2021.
Washington County Library
Kids and adults can participate in summer reading programs with the Washington County Library network.
The adult summer reading program invites you to explore new genres, book recommendations and learn about local programs. You’ll also have the chance to win weekly prizes, including an Amazon Kindle.
The student summer reading program‘s theme is “Reading colors your world.” It is open to prereaders, early readers and teens. All participants, up to age 18, will get a free book for completely the reading program. The summer reading program starts June 1.
Clackamas County Library
Kids, teens and adults are invited to keep a reading log and win prizes. Summer Reading Program is hosted by the Gladstone and Oak Lodge Public Libraries.
You can register in person at either library between June 1 and July 31. Youth age 0-17 will receive a reading log. The log is completed when they have a total of 20 days of reading. Adults age 18+ will receive a bingo card. Complete one or more rows of reading recommendations on the bingo card. Each row completed earns an entry into the prize drawing.
Once you’re done, bring the reading log or bingo card to the library in August to get a prize and be entered into prize drawings held in early September.
Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Vancouver Community Library
Kids, teens and adults can register online or at the library for the program taking place June 15-August 15. Participants will need to read or attend a virtual library program for 30 days; make at least one creation; discover something in their world; and try at least one new thing.
Bring the completed activity log to the library August 15–28 to redeem a prize. Kids and teens (ages 0–18) will receive a library tote bag and their choice of a new book, journal, fidget cube, bubble pop or early learning lacing kit, and entry into the grand prize drawing. Adults who complete the log will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Grand prizes are a shopping spree to a local store.
National Summer Reading Programs
Amazon Summer Reading Challenge
Kids up to 14 years old, or 8th grade, will receive a Star Reader Certificate and $1 off their next book purchase at Amazon Books when they read any 8 books this summer. Keep track and bring the list into Amazon Books by September 2.
The only participating Amazon Books location near Portland is at Washington Square Mall.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading
Kids in grades 1st to 6th get a free book when they read 8 books and record them in the summer reading journal. Bring the completed journal to a local Barnes & Noble from July 1 through August 31 and your child will pick a free book from the selection listed on the reading journal.
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards
Have your kid fill out the reading reward calendar and bring it to a local Chuck E. Cheese’s for 10 free play points. A food purchase is required to redeem this prize. Limit 1 calendar offer per child, per day. The reading reward is valid through December 31, 2021.
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