Summer Reading Programs

San Diego Summer Reading Programs

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Summer vacation is a great time to get excited about reading! Many programs offer cool prizes and other fun incentives to spark your kid's enthusiasm for reading! Here is a list of programs to get started:


Free Kids Admission to the San Diego County Fair - Students (ages 12 and under) who read 10 books and have that accomplishment verified with their teacher or librarian can bring their completed reading certificate to the gate and receive free admission any day of the Fair.

Summer Reading Program at the Library: Reading by Design- Readers of all ages can explore a colorful array of cool reads, join exciting activities, and be rewarded with prizes and incentives. June 1-Aug. 1, 2017 at San Diego County Library branches; June 15-Aug. 15, 2017 at San Diego Public Library branches.

Barnes & Noble's Reading Triathlon- Kids in grades 1-6 can read any eight books of their own choosing, use the down-loadable Journal to keep track of their favorite part of each book, and take the completed Journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16 & September 5, 2017 to receive a FREE reading book from the B&N featured list.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge- Help set a new world record for number of minutes spent reading during the summer! The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program that runs May 8-Sept. 8, 2017. Kids can participate in weekly challenges, earn digital rewards, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, find great books to read, and more. Parents can print summer reading logs and achievement certificates for kids.

Read with Rita's - Read and get a free Kids Italian Ice at Rita's! Students who read and log four or more hours earn a free Italian ice. Pick up a reading log at any participating Rita's location in San Diego.

If we have missed a summer reading program that you know of, let us know: family@sandiegofamily.com.

For book and multimedia reviews visit SanDiegoFamily.com/for-the-kids/book-multimedia-reviews.

Updated: May 2017

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