Maricopa County Reads’ Summer Reading Program is a beloved tradition for many local families. Through August 1, children, teens and adults can read for enjoyment, earn prizes and avoid summer learning loss. Simply go to maricopacountyreads.org and click on the Summer Reading Game icon to register.
Maricopa County Reads is the award-winning summer reading program provided by the Maricopa County Library District to all public, tribal and military base libraries within Maricopa County. The primary goal of the program is to interrupt the summer slide, the common term given to the learning loss experienced by children while transitioning between school years. The secondary aim of the program is to promote early literacy among pre-readers and their families during the summer months.
How does it work? There’s something for everyone in the summer reading program—you can earn points, unlock badges, and win prizes. Get one point for every minute you add to your reading log. Kids up to age 11 can earn a free personal pan pizza from Peter Piper Pizza, a free kids meal from Rubio’s and all participants will earn a free lemonade from Raising Cane’s when they reach 500 points (while supplies last). At 1,000 points, participants earn a free book of their choosing. Challenge yourself to log 20 minutes of reading every day for a chance to win awesome weekly drawing prizes.
The Maricopa County Reads online summer reading program began in the summer of 2013. It has continued to grow, and now hosts 65 public, tribal and military base libraries within Maricopa County. More than 80,000 children, teens, and adults participate in the program annually.