Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-8) has begun! Follow the links below to see the program books for each age group.
New this year: Full Spanish book selections (grades K–12) and a Young Adult summer reading passport (English, grades 9–12).
We are challenging kids to read 6 books—at least 3 from our recommended reading list 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
- A special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors
- An activity book from the Coastal Watershed Council
How to get started: Stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz to see the books and pick up the summer reading bookmark for your age level (or download your bookmark from the pdfs below). You can also shop the program books online via the links below, add a free bookmark to your cart, and it will be included with your order. Hang on to your bookmark 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!
How to complete the challenge: Return your filled out bookmark to Bookshop by September 7th and collect your awesome rewards! If you enjoyed the books you read, let us know by submitting a short review here (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 store for everyone to read. (Note: full names will not be posted—first names or initials only.)
Reading selections (in English) for grades 9–12 are part of our new Young Adult Summer Reading Passport program. Read all about it here.
Selecciones de libros en español—leer más aquí:
Looking for more recommended reading? See our English summer reading program lists from previous years:
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