Summer Reading

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For age 2 – entering Grade 1 in autumn

What is Summer Reading?

Summer is here! And so are the Library’s summer reading clubs. Join the Camp Curiosity Summer Reading program. The Library is bursting with creativity, programs, prize drawings, storytimes and so much more!

Parents, read why participation in Summer Reading can be beneficial for your kids!

Registration starts on Saturday, June 2 and continues until August 11. Everyone who registers will receive a booklog to record their reading, a recycled book bag and a bookmark. Prizes will be awarded throughout the summer as readers reach various reading levels, and everyone who completes the program will receive a free paperback book.

Who can join?

Everyone who lives in Elmhurst, has an Elmhurst Public Library card, or attends an Elmhurst school is welcome to participate. An Elmhurst Public Library Card, an Elmhurst School ID, or an Elmhurst School Report Card must be presented to register for the Kids’ Summer Reading Program.

Where do I sign up and pick up my prizes?

Beginning Saturday, June 2, children can register in the Kids’ Library. You’ll receive a booklog to record your reading, a bookmark and a recycled book bag. Bonus- if you bring your recycled bag from last year, you’ll get a special prize! In each booklog, you’ll find a list of all the prizes you can earn!

Beginning June 9, you can pick up your prizes either as you earn them or all at once when you complete the program.

What should I read?

Anything you’d like! But if you need some suggestions, here’s a few lists to get you started:

Elmhurst Public Library Book Lists

Hot Summer Reads for Grades 1-3

New Chapter Books

New Picture Books

What We’re Reading

EPL Book Lists by Age, Grade, Subject, and More!

Immaculate Conception

IC Summer Reading List

Timothy Christian

2018 Summer Reading Bingo (for kids entering 1st-4th grade in the autumn)


What activities can I participate in?

There are tons! From a Shark Week special to programs with science, technology, and more, there’s something for every kid in Elmhurst! You can view all the summer activities in the Fine Print magazine or at our online calendar of kids’ events. It lands in your mailboxes in late May, but if you need another look at it, the library has extra copies or you can view it online.


This summer, there are three creative contests for kids. The photo contest, writing contest, and the poster contest are open to children ages 5-14 and the winners receive a $15 Barnes & Noble gift certificate! Download the entry forms here:

Music Video Contest

Photo Contest

Poster Contest

Writing Contest