Get kids into the summer reading habit! These local programs are educational, fun and free. Plus they are great motivators for kids to read — who doesn’t love free prizes?

Local Libraries

Multnomah County Library
Starts June 16
Multnomah County Library’s summer reading program will look a lot like it did last year, offering both paper and online game boards. Have your kids mark one space for each day they read, listen to a book, or do any of the fun activities listed. After 15 days (they don’t have to be in a row!), go to the library for a prize. After completing 45 days total, your kids can nab a T-shirt and an entry in the grand prize drawing. Pro tip: T-shirts can run out, so don’t wait until August 31 to claim prizes! 

Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Starts June 1
Check your local library’s site for the specific details. At the Beaverton City Library, for example, all kids from birth to grade 5 can complete 15 hours of reading, listening, or doing family activities to earn a free book! Download a game board or create your own.

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Fort Vancouver Regional Library 
Starts June 15
Kids track reading, plus complete challenges around exploring and creating! One fun challenge is “Try at least one new thing.” Track with the Beanstalk app, print a log, or create your own, then bring completed activity logs to the library in August for prizes (a tote bag plus another choice like a fidget cube or journal). Kids will also be entered in the grand prize drawing. 

Bookstores 

Maggie Mae’s Kids Bookshop
Starts May 25
This one’s for kids and adults. Download and print Maggie Mae’s Summer Reading Rainbow sheet (or pick one up in the store). Every time you finish reading a book that fits the stripe category, color it in, any color you want. When your reading rainbow is complete, bring it into the store to receive a prize and be entered to win a tote bag full of books and goodies. Enter by August 31.

Powell’s Summer Reading Challenge
Starts June 21
Read books for a chance to win one of over 300 Powell’s gift cards in varying amounts, including two $250 grand prizes. Download and print the reading log, and for every five books you read, submit your log to enter the reading challenge. All ages can play, but everyone 17 and under will need permission from an adult guardian.

Barnes and Noble
Starts July 1
Kids in grades 1-6 can receive a free book when they complete a journal about their reading adventures, with book recommendations by age. Download the journal here. 

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