2017 Young Adult Summer Reading Program

Our popular summer reading program for young adults will run June 1st through September 6th 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 from the Young Adult section or download the pdf 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!

What you get to read: We have put together a great list of 6 recommended paperbacks. 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. See the list below.

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 5th. 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 2016 Young Adult Summer Reading Program2015 Summer Reading Program, the 2014 Summer Reading Program, the  2013 Summer Reading Program and the 2012 Summer Reading Program for more recommended titles.

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Published: Ember - May 30th, 2017

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