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Summer Reading Program 2024

Our popular Summer Reading Program for young readers has begun! 

Back by popular demand: Full Spanish book selections (grades K–12) and our 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 your choice—by September 8th.
Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards:

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 8th 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.)

WIN PRIZES FOR YOUR SCHOOL! The school that has the most kids turn in their bookmarks will win 25 tickets to a Santa Cruz Warriors game next season! Each ticket comes with a free rally towel and a $20 concessions card.

Join us at our SUMMER READING PROGRAM READ IN on Sunday, June 30th, from 3:00–5:00. Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to read your summer reading books with other readers. We'll have cookies and prizes!






Download the English bookmarks for: 
Grades K-2 · Grades 3-4 · Grades 5-6 · Grades 7-8

Reading selections (in English) for grades 9–12 are part of our Young Adult Summer Reading Passport program. Read all about it here.



Selecciones de libros en español—leer más aquí:






Descargue los marcadores en español para:
Grados K-4
 · Grados 5-8 · Grados 9-12


Looking for more recommended reading? See our English summer reading program lists from previous years:

2023 Summer Reading Program · 2022 Summer Reading Program · 2021 Summer Reading Program · 2020 Summer Reading Program · 2019 Summer Reading Program · 2018 Summer Reading Program · 2017 Summer Reading Program · 2016 Summer Reading Program · 2015 Summer Reading Program · 2014 Summer Reading Program · 2013 Summer Reading Program · 2012 Summer Reading Program