Kids - Dig Into Reading

Summer Reading at your local WCCLS library is tons of fun for kids. Registration starts on June 1st. Please sign up just once, and at one library.

See all the fun happening this summer!

Awesome EventsCool PrizesGreat Books

Learn how Summer Reading helps kids retain school learning

 

Awesome Events

WCCLS brings great Summer Reading performers to visit each of our member libraries each year. See who’s visiting this summer!

WCCLS member libraries also have scheduled events for Summer Reading. See those here.

Buster's Red Nose Revue - A Fool's Tools

Join Buster in his misadventures through the wondrously wacky world of the clown. His physical comedy will leave your face cracked up and belly splitting!

See dates and times for Buster's performances

Dragon Theater Puppets - I Dig Dinosaurs

Come enjoy puppet fun featuring an archaeologist who builds a time machine to see real dinosaurs. When he accidentally travels to the wrong time, things get completely out of hand!

See dates and times for Dragon Theater Puppet's performances

Mo Phillips – Rock ‘N’ Roll Kindy

Join the band! This super interactive rock 'n' roll show is all about creating music and having a good time. Write and record a song with Mo Phillips using your hands, body, and voice to sing and dance in the silliest of ways.

See dates and times for Mo Phillips' performances

 

Cool Prizes

Just for signing up for Summer Reading, you'll get...

One free general admission ticket to a Portland Timbers Reserve Team game

  • One adult ticket must be purchased at the time of redemption
  • Date of the game to be announced

Free fun at Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center

  • Free round of miniature golf or Kidopolis Playland admission

Free rides at the Washington County Fair

If you meet your Summer Reading goal, you'll get...

A Portland Trail Blazer ticket voucher for a pre-season game

  • One adult ticket must be purchased at the time of redemption

Oaks Park Amusement Park discounted Deluxe Ride Bracelet

  • Get a Deluxe Ride Bracelet (valued at $15) for only $5!

 

Great Books

Children's
Services

Children's
Chapter Books

Children's
Picture Books

See more great reading suggestions for kids

Get free online kids books through the Oregon Department of Education's Oregon Summer Reading program (Log in help (PDF))

School: Oregon Readers, Oregon Department of Education
Username: read
Password: read

 

Benefits of Summer Reading

Research shows that kids who read for pleasure during the summer do better when they get back to school in the fall, while kids who don’t can slide backward in all subject areas.

The summer months offer great opportunities for kids to improve their reading and writing skills. Here are some simple things adults can do to help:

  • Model good literacy behavior – let your child see you reading for pleasure
  • Read and write with your child – make grocery lists together and exchange letters or emails with family and friends during vacations
  • Listen to audio books during car trips
  • Tell stories and sing songs together

For more details about how participation in Summer Reading benefits children, please check out the Executive Summary from The Dominican Study: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap.