Why Participate in Summer Reading?
Summer reading programs are an effective, fun way to combine reading and learning activities into summer family time.
Is your library not listed?
Almost every library in Arizona participates in summer reading in some way. Make sure to visit your local library to learn other ways to participate in the Arizona Reading Program this summer.
Note: If your library resides anywhere in Maricopa County then you'll want to participate through Maricopa County Reads.
Readers who are unable to read standard print due to a visual or physical limitation can still participate in Summer Reading. Please contact the Arizona Talking Book Library for more information about books available in audio and braille formats.
2017 National Summer Reading Champion
Kwame Alexander, 2017 National Summer Reading Champion, is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including BOOKED and THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include SURF’S UP, a picture book, and HE SAID SHE SAID, a YA novel.
A regular speaker at schools and conferences, he travels the world planting seeds of literary love (Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, etc.). Each year, Alexander leads a delegation of writers, educators, and activists to Ghana, as part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded that builds libraries and provides literacy professional development for teachers.