Summer vacation is here and it’s a great time to start planning different activities for your kids. Summer reading programs hosted by local public libraries and businesses are a fantastic way to encourage your children to read (or be read to) and earn prizes for doing it!
Jen from , Karrie from and I have teamed up to bring you the most comprehensive list of summer reading programs in the Pacific Northwest. In this post, I have listed national summer reading programs as well as local programs in Western Oregon and SW Washington.
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National Summer Reading Programs
Kids earn a FREE book when they read eight. Click the link above for more information and to download the reading journal. The site also includes downloadable activities.
Kids get discounts, free downloads of PBS kids shows, and daily chances to win prizes.
Log in minutes read to enter the Summer Reading Challenge for digital rewards.
Print a reward chart and kids get 10 Check E. Cheese tokens upon completion. There are also incentive charts for just about anything you want your kids to do.
Children can read independently at home using the PBK recommended reading list. When they complete the recommended reading list, they can receive a free book. Also, they have story time every Tuesday from 11-11:30am & they will receive an official Book Club Passport to mark off. If they attend 5 story times, they will receive a special gift.
Western Oregon & SW Washington Summer Reading Programs
Visit any to sign-up and get a reading game board. Reach a prize marker on the game board and visit the library for a reward, which includes books, passes for free activities and food coupons for local restaurants. Finishers also receive a t-shirt.
Each of the following libraries have slightly different prizes and timelines. Many locations are also hosting special summer programs, usually one per week.
COLUMBIA RIVER AREA
- (Battle Ground, Vancouver, Goldendale, La Center, North Bonneville, Ridgefield, Stevenson, Washougal, White Salmon, and Woodland Libraries)
Looking for more Pacific Northwest fun? Check out these resources:
The Ultimate Guide to Portland Family Fun — A gigantic list of affordable, family-friendly activities, events, and attractions in Portland
Pacific Northwest Summer Fairs & Festivals — A huge list of Oregon and Washington fairs, festivals, and special summer events
Staycation 2013: Portland — Tons of ways to enjoy Portland this summer
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