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!
2022 Baltimore Summer Reading Programs
Summer Break Baltimore with Enoch Pratt
Summer Break Baltimore is BACK! The fun, free program for all ages offered by Enoch Pratt Free Library encourages literacy and learning in our community all summer long. Register for Summer Break Baltimore at any Pratt Library location or online. Then pick up your scratch-off card to track your Summer Break Baltimore activities. In June, July and August, you are eligible to receive a Summer Break Baltimore kit including a free book, prize, and calendar of events, while supplies last. Monthly kit availability is restricted per month (for example you must sign up during the month of June to receive the June box). City residents can even opt to have their kits mailed to them! In addition to getting the free monthly box, participants are automatically eligible for monthly prize drawings. Check out Enoch Pratt’s program here.
Oceans of Possibilities with Baltimore County Public Library
The world is your oyster with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Oceans of Possibilities. Families can dive in and discover the possibilities of deep blue oceans at the library! Children of all ages can join the challenge and earn points by attending programs, reading books and completing fun activities. Earn 20 points to win a completion prize and enter our new Beanstack Prize Drawing! Learn more and register.
Explore the Oceans with the Natural History Society of Maryland
This year, to complement the Maryland State Library’s “Oceans of Possibilities” summer reading program, The Natural History Society of Maryland has developed a reading list to help you dive in and explore over 70% of the earth’s surface – our oceans! If you read a minimum of 10 books, you will earn a prize – a genuine fossilized shark tooth you can pick up at the NHSM*. You can keep track of your reading on this Google Form, or just on a piece of paper. Check out their book list + program here.
Center for Jewish Education + PJ Library’s Summer Reading Program
The CJE Library and PJ Library in Baltimore are partnering for their 6th Summer Reading Program! The program will continue to feature quality Jewish-themed books, fun prizes, and tasty treats as well. This year families can come in and browse the shelves, choose books online, or pick up a surprise library book bundle. The library book bundles will be organized by grade and will include books from your child’s summer reading list whenever possible. Come by and pick up bookmarks and books, or turn in bookmarks to receive your prize certificate. Read more about the program here.
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
A fun + easy way for kids in grades 1-6 to earn free books! Download the Reading Journal from their website and read a designated number of books (you can get them from the library, borrow them from a friend, or purchase from B&N!). Write about your favorite part in the Reading Journal and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Participating kids then choose their free book from the books listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them during July and August. Read more + download the reading journal.
Scholastic Summer Reading
Read and give back! Through August 19, 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.