Summer Reading Programs


Keep Kids Reading-

andHaving Fun with it!

byCynda Zurfluh


   Summermay only be ten weeks long, but there’s a lot of research that shows kids losesome of what they’ve learned during the previous school year.  Students lose from one to three months ofacademic aptitude over the summer – and reading skill loss at the primary levelaccounts for a large part of later reading discrepancies at the high schoollevel


  Ifyour kids need a reason to read, give it to them!  They may not care so much about aptitudestudies, but they will surely respond to the many summer reading programs inour area – and online.  Whether they liketo get together to read and discuss or just “get stuff” as a reward forreading, options abound.

Public Libraries

Thelibraries in VA, MD, and DC all have summer reading programs each year.  Check your library’s website for details –select children’s programs if there isn’t a link on the home page.  Most start the second week of June, and somehaven’t posted their details.  Just besure to check back with them to sign up and get your child a head start withthe reading requirements.

Libraryweb site links:

Washington DC



The Maryland libraries will kick off their SummerReading Club – One World, Many Stories on June 18 with a day of funactivities.  Be sure to log on to findout what your local branch is up to that afternoon!

Frederick County

Howard County

Montgomery County

Prince George’s




Summer Quest is the reading incentiveprogram offered annually at each of the Alexandria branches. Children ages 6-12are invited, and there is also a Summer Quest, Jr. for children ages 5 andunder. Sign-up begins in late June and the program runs into early August.

Weekly events such as movies, crafts,special guest entertainers, and other activities are part of the program.During the summer, please check the Events calendar for special “SQ”programs or “click” the underlined “Summer Quest” link forthe main Summer Quest page.



City of Falls Church

Loudoun County

Prince William County

Bookstores & Toy Stores

Bookstoresin our area also have great offers for summer readers.  Many are still creating their 2011 offerings– so be sure to check with your neighborhood stores. (This list will be updated as we receive more information.)


Barnes and Noble

Download the journal, and your child (ages 3 – 12)can get a free book after reading eight books.


Borders Books has offered summer reading in thepast – they are still in the works for this year.  Check in online to see what’s up for 2011.

Kid “Zone” Rewards


Chuckecheese has a rewards certificate you canprint and fill out with goals you set for your child’s reading.  The reward? Free tokens!

Online Programs

Book Adventures

Sylvan offers a Book Adventures program where yourchild reads books, takes “quizzes” (reading comprehension), and earns points toredeem for prizes.




If you have a reading program you know about, let us know! Send an email to our Resource Editor at [email protected].






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