Summer Reading Program

Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-12) will run June 1st through September 7th this year. We're challenging kids to read 6 books--at least 3 from our recommended reading list (see below) and up to 3 of their choice. Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards: A $5 Bookshop gift card, a free scoop from the Penny Ice Creamery, a free slice from Pizza My Heart, and a special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors!

How to get started: Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level or download one of the pdfs listed below. You are going to want to hang onto this because it's also your reading tracking form that you're going to use all summer and turn back into us before school starts. Pick out your first book and start reading!  All summer reading books are on display at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Download the bookmark for:
Grades K-2 · Grades 3-4 · Grades 5-6 · Grades 7-8 · Grades 9-12

What you get to read: We have put together a great list of 6 recommended paperbacks per age group. To complete the challenge, you get to choose at least three of these recommended books and up to three books of your own choosing--for a total of 6 great books--to read over the summer. Click on the links below to see our complete list of summer reading picks for your age group.


GRADES K-2


GRADES 3-4 


GRADES 5-6 


GRADES 7-8


GRADES 9-12

If you liked the book you read, let us know by writing a short review (50 words or less) about why you liked it. For each review, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card to Bookshop Santa Cruz! Reviews will be posted in the Bookshop for everyone to read.

How to complete the challenge: Just bring back your filled out bookmark, making sure to note your name, age, and school before turning it in, by September 7th. Then you will get to collect your rewards and proudly post your name on our Summer Reading wall.

Extra bonus: The school that has the most students participate will also get a gift certificate to buy new books for their school library!

Take a look at the 2013 Summer Reading Program and the 2012 Summer Reading Program for more recommended titles.

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All titles are subject to availability. Prices subject to change. Please call 831-423-0900 to confirm.
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