Go to your local library and ask to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. At sign-up, you’ll receive a log to keep track of your reading and a free book!
Many schools and camps participate in the library summer reading program as part of their activities. Check to see if your group is already participating.
Bring a friend or family members! Summer Reading is for all ages, from birth on up.
There are different options and guidelines for the youngest kids participating with caregivers and school aged kids (K-5th grade). Read more below or download a printable reading tracker for each age group:
Ask your librarian for suggestions, pick up an "Every Hero Has a Story" bookmark at the library, or check out our summer reading suggestions by age level:
Check out these tips on reading as a family from Baltimore City Schools!
The reading that you do during the summer can also count toward earning Pratt Bucks for taking fines off your library card. Ask your librarian for more information.
Watch for free special events all summer long. The library isn’t just about books and reading, it’s about learning, fun, and community. Any time you spend listening to stories in programs can count towards your Summer Reading.
The Pratt Library's Summer Reading Program for kids is presented in partnership with the Baltimore Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Baltimore City Public Schools. In addition to your local Pratt Library, you can participate through SummerREADS at some Weinberg School Libraries and your local rec center. Stop by any site for more information.
Possible prizes for heroic reading include Summer Reading T-shirts, and tickets to the Aquarium on Library Night!
Sample prizes for kids birth through preschool: rubber ducks, fun bubbles, angle crayons, and a superhero sticker scene:
Sample prizes for kids grades K-5: make-your-own superhero mask, tangram puzzles, puzzle balls, design-your-own superhero picture frame, and headphones:
Orioles Tickets Raffle: All children who reach their reading goal of reading at least 35 days during Summer Reading will be entered in a raffle to win a set of tickets to an Orioles game!
All prizes are only available while supplies last.
Simply put, the Summer Reading Program is a way to encourage everyone to read all summer long. As an extra incentive, you can even earn prizes along the way for the reading that you do! Kids are at a particular risk of losing some of the knowledge they gained during the school year if they don’t read during the summer months. This program can help make sure they’re on track when they head back to school!
No. The Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage independent reading. Kids can keep track of the reading that they do at home, at the library, anywhere, and in turn, they can earn prizes.
No! Everyone ages birth and up can participate. There’s a program for kids, teens, and adults with different rules and prizes for each. We consider kids to be from birth to entering 5th grade in the fall. Teens are entering 6th through 12th grade. The adult program includes everyone else.
Stop by any Pratt location beginning June 6 to get started. We’ll get you everything you need keep track of your reading.
Each of our programs works a little bit differently. For detailed information, you can click on the page for kids, teens, or adults. Basically, you’ll keep track of your reading either in a log if you’re a kid or teen, or by filling out an entry slip if you’re an adult. Along the way, you’ll be eligible for prizes and raffles.
You do! The Summer Reading Program is driven by you. The more you read, the more opportunities you have to earn prizes. All you’ll do is check in your reading at your local library to be eligible.
The program starts Saturday, June 6 and ends Saturday, August 8.
Pratt Library's Summer Reading program is for all ages.