Summer may mean less homework, but it shouldn’t mean less reading. Get your kiddos to turn off the electronics and sign up for a summer reading program. Reading is a great way to keep little minds active and engaged, and earning some prizes along the way. There are several reading programs available in San Diego that are ready to embrace your little bookworm with an open book!

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San Diego Public Library
Every local library is participating in the Summer Reading Club, which runs from June 15 – August 15. This year’s theme is “Read for the Win,” and kids participate according to their age: Preschool (0-2), Pre-readers (3-5), Kids (6-11), and Teens (12-18). All kids need to do is read ten books or a total of ten hours this summer to earn prizes.

Readers can sign up in person at the local library or online. And as a special treat: everyone who signs up receives a prize. Speaking of prizes, they only get better as the little bookworms complete their reading. Last year, prizes included passes to the San Diego Zoo, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, meal tickets to local restaurants, and free admission to LEGOLAND.

The Public Library Summer Reading Program also includes scheduled activities throughout the summer months, including entertainment, story times, music performances and crafts. Events vary by location, so be sure to check the events pages for the following libraries for more information.

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Barnes & Noble
The giant bookseller is hosting its annual Summer Reading Triathlon Program beginning June 4. Kids in grade 1-6 read eight books and record them in a special journal (available on B&N website). Once the kiddos finish, bring the journal to your local Barnes & Noble where kids will receive a free book. Be sure to check out Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Triathlon guide, a free kit that includes a parent and teacher’s guide (perfect for homeschoolers), student activity sheets, and more. The kit is great for ways to bust boredom during summer break!

What’s on your summer reading list?

– Leah R. Singer