Summer vacation does not have to mean a vacation from reading! The summer months are a great time to expand your child’s literary world, teach them to enjoy reading for pleasure, help sharpen school skills and bridge the gap between school years. There are also many programs available to reward your reader this summer! In addition to this comprehensive list of reading programs to get your kids into books this summer, Oklahoma City is packed with story times to keep kids engaged and entertained. Consult this list of metro story times and be sure to check out the story times our readers think are top notch.
(last update April 8, 2020)
Summer Reading Program at the Metropolitan Library System and Pioneer Library System. Track your reading and earn incentives! Libraries also offer free activities and performances to encourage reading. For all ages. See websites for details and a listing of events at each library location.
Camp Wonderopolis offers summer learning fun through a variety of activities that can be done at home, at the library and beyond.
The Oklahoman’s Summer Reading Contest – Readers ages 5 -12 can complete activities for a chance to win prizes and runs each Sunday from June 7 – July 26.
ReadOKC issues a challenge for elementary students in the Oklahoma City Public School district to read at least 20 minutes a day. Students record their time reading books, magazines and on the MyON app. Those who meet the goal receive a medal, and top readers and schools earn other prizes. This summer’s challenge runs from May 9 to Aug 9.
“Reading for the Stars” presented by the Oklahoma City Dodgers and SONIC- Children (grades K-5) read weekly throughout the summer for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime baseball game experience. Each of the ten winners will receive a catered entertainment suite, accompanied with VIP experiences. Reading requirements vary by age. Kids can turn in up to three logs, one per segment. See website for deadlines.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge– a FREE online program designed to motivate and excite kids to read this summer. Kids can log reading minutes, complete challenges, play games, earn virtual rewards and win prizes for their participation.
Barnes & Noble– read eight books and get one free at Barnes & Noble. Keep track of your books on the Reading Journal available online. For grades 1-6. Bring completed journals to Barnes & Noble stores.
Sylvan Book Adventure– a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children can search for books, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they’ve read and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.
Pizza Hut’s Book It! Spark Your Greatness Summer Reading Challenge– Kids who participate can enjoy fun activities, play games and the chance to win prizes.
“Get in the Game” Read OKC Summer Reading Program – Kids in the OKC public school system who meet summer reading goals will be eligible for prized and recognition.
Looking for even more ideas to encourage summer reading, check out this list of fun ways to prevent summer slide.
Ready to embark on an adventure? Let storybook characters, Jaylyn and Jaxon, set the stage for your adventures! Oklahoma grandparents, Pops and Di Di, put their fun and entertaining road trip stories into print with an all new children’s book series. The first book, “Let the Adventure Begin,” shares the story of fun and friendship as told by two unlikely companions.