2021 Summer Reading Programs for Erie Kids and Teens

Local and national reading programs give kids reason to read this summer

By Kara Murphy July 1, 2020

Avoid the summer slide by keeping kids reading this summer! Do they need some outside motivation to crack open that book? Check out these 2021 summer reading programs -- enter one, or all!  

Erie County Public Library's Summer Library Challenge

June 15-Aug. 15

The Erie County Public Library is hosting a Summer Library Challenge June 15 to Aug. 15. Erie County residents of all ages can take part and might even win a prize!

The challenge, made possible through the generous support of the Erie County Friends of the Library and Macaroni Kid Erie, can be completed by reading for a minimum of 12 hours and participating in activities throughout its two-month duration. 

Participants can earn accomplishment badges by logging their time spent reading, writing book reviews, and completing at-home activities. Collecting all virtual badges completes the challenge. Get all the details here.

๐Ÿ“šWQLN's Summer Reading Race

July 1-July 31

WQLN Education invites all children who have just completed K-5th grade to participate in its annual Q-Kids Readers Summer Reading Race! Readers will be divided into three categories: grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. The 3 readers from each category with the most time spent reading will receive a gift basket. Get all the details here.

๐Ÿ“šBarnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal

July 1-Aug. 31

Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a free book by participating in Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program. To qualify follow these steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Explain which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st and August 31.

3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured in the journal!


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