Backpacks might not be completely cleaned out yet — but it’s definitely not too early to prevent the summer slide. Keep your kids excited about reading with a summer reading challenge or local subscription service! 

2021 Baltimore Area Summer Reading Program Round-Up

Baltimore County Public Library Tales and Tails!

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge from BCPL is all about animals! Tails and Tales encourages youth and families to explore the great outdoors and learn the tales and stories of animals all over the world.! Children of all ages can join the challenge and earn points by reading books, completing fun activities, and attending virtual programs all summer long. Earn 20 points to win a prize and to be entered into your branch prize drawing for a chance to win additional prizes.  See live animals and hear amazing “tales” with EcoAdventures, enjoy interactive performances with Bright Star Theater featuring Aesop’s Fables, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Beauty and the Beast, and be amazed with “Abraca-Animal” magical tricks by Mike Rose. Families can participate online via Beanstack or complete a paper game board.

Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Summer Break Baltimore

Summer Break Baltimore is Enoch Pratt Library’s fun, free program for all ages that encourages literacy and learning in our community.  Once you register for Summer Break Baltimore, you will receive a scratch-off card and Welcome Box that contains a T-shirt, a book, a bookmark, and a calendar of events for the month of June. You will also be eligible to receive a July Box and August Box. Each box will have a book, gift(s), and a calendar of events. Boxes are available while supplies last. In addition to getting the free monthly box, participants are automatically eligible for weekly prize drawings. You do not need to be a Baltimore City Resident to participate, however, we will only be mailing boxes to Baltimore City addresses.

Greedy Reads Summer Reading Challenge

Greedy Reads is offering a Summer Reading challenge for younger readers. Younger kids can color a fruit on their Young Readers Summer Challenge Bingo Card every time they read a book. Middle grades kids are challenged to read (and write!) a variety of genres on the older kid Middle Grades ummer Bingo Card. Then bring the completed sheet into Greedy Reads (either the Fells Point or Remington location) to claim a prize! (Parents, want to get in on the Summer Reading Challenge? Greedy Reads has one for grown-ups, too!)

Harford County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program

Like BCPL, Harford County Public Library’s summer program is also Tails and Tales. This year, prize bags include a FREE book (for infants to teens entering grade 8) or a FREE Horizon Movie Pass (for teens entering grades 9 – 12), and a summer fun coupon sheet (for infants to teens entering grade 12).Reach reading goals and earn a digital completion certificate: Infants to Preschoolers read 25 books; Elementary students read 10 books; Middle & High School students read 3 books; and adults read 5 books.

The Book Drop’s Kids Subscription Services

Every summer, one of our ‘must visits’ at the beach is Bethany Beach Books. But did you know you can have their favorite books delivered right to your door through their subscriptions service? The Book Drop is a fabulous way to discover new favorite authors — and support an independently-owned bookstore. Choose from Books For Young Adults, Books for Middle Grades, Books for Early Readers, or Picture Book subscription (creatively called “Book Droplet”). Then select the length of your subscription and wait for the literary goodness to be delivered!

Center for Jewish Education + PJ Library’s Summer Reading Program

Join the CJE for this year’s newly designed Summer Reading Program – it’s going to be “SENSE”-ational! The CJE Library and PJ Library in Baltimore are partnering for their 5th Summer Reading Program! Each child will be given a gift bag with a Jewish sensory activity. The program will continue to feature quality Jewish-themed books, fun prizes, and tasty treats as well. Families can choose books from our online catalog, pick up a Library Book Bundle or make an appointment to browse the library shelves. The program is open to any student from preschool through high school.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Barnes & Noble brought back their Summer Reading Program for kids in grades 1-6! Kids can read any eight books they choose and record them in this downloadable journal. Bring the completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st and August 31, 201 and choose a free book from the list of available books (the book list in the journal!). 

Scholastic Summer Reading

Read and give back! Through Friday, September 3 kids can participate in theScholastic Summer Reading Program where they will be encouraged to read, celebrate their achievements and help increase access to books for their peers. Kids will be able to track their summer reading by maintaining a Reading Streak in Home Base (an online program). The longer a child extends their reading streak, the more digital experiences they earn!  Kids can read any book of their choice and download and print a report of their reading progress at any time. By keeping reading streaks in Home Base, kids will unlock a donation of 100,000 books from Scholastic to Save the Children for kids in rural America with limited or no access to books.