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Summer Reading Program

Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-12) is in full swing, and runs through September 4th this year. 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, and new this year: A 5-ride pass from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

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.

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Download the bookmark for:

What you get to read: We have put together a great list of 8 recommended books per age group. To complete the challenge, read at least three of these recommended titles and up to three books of your own choosing (for a total of 6 great books) over the summer. Click on the links above to see the complete list of summer reading selections for your age group.

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 4th. Then you will get to collect your rewards and proudly post your name on our Summer Reading wall. 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.

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 2018 Summer Reading Program2017 Summer Reading Program2016 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.