Fun Prizes Make Kids Summer Reading Rock

Get ready to rock! This year, Summer Reading- with a theme of "Libraries Rock!"-  runs June 1 through August 31, and I must say it rocks! Great programs, great prizes, and great fun! Elementary school age children track 1,000 minutes of reading and preschoolers track 20 activities designed for early reading. But it's not just about reading. Each library will offer a variety of great programs for all ages. To get started, visit your nearest library or register online. And summer reading is not just for kids. All ages can participate and qualify for the same prizes.

All prizes are one per participant, while supplies last. All Seattle Storm and Wild Waves Theme & Water Park tickets have been claimed. Read our Summer Reading prize availability update.

Did I say great prizes? The finisher prize is a KCLS Reader Tote bag to color and customize. But that's not all. Register by July 16 to qualify for some amazing prize drawings: Woodland Park Zoo tickets, Seahawks tickets, and University of Washington Husky Football tickets. And that's still not all. The grand prize drawing pack will include MoPOP tickets, a ukulele, and a tambourine (one per library).

Get in the swing of summer reading with these fun reads and enjoy renditions of your favorite bands with Rockabye Baby! CDs.

What Is Rock and Roll?

Part of the popular "Who Was?" book series, this compact version of the history of rock and roll is jammed with fun facts like how Elvis Presley's music career started as a birthday present for his mother and how he got his signature swinging hips. A great overview of rock music. If you like this series, try these rock and roll biographies.

Fab Four Friends

The story of how four boys from Liverpool came together in postwar England and formed one of the most popular and bestselling bands in history, as well as creating the worldwide sensation known as "Beatlemania," gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives that made up this iconic group.


The illustrations make this book about the early life of Jimi Hendrix a great choice. They are as colorful as the passionate artist himself and bring the story of how he "taught his guitar to sing, scream, laugh and cry" to life.

Gus & Me

This story of the special bond between the young Keith Richards and his grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree, "Gus," plucked at my heartstrings. A touching tribute, as well as a look into the childhood of one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones.  Includes photos and a CD featuring Keith Richards.

Rock & Roll Highway

An interesting biography of one of rock's most legendary guitarists, Robbi Roberston.  Written by his son, it follows Robertson's journey through music from his roots on the First Nation Indian Reservation to his final performance.

When Paul Met Artie

This book chronicles the life and careers of the famous music duo, Simon and Garfunkel. A testimony to their long-lasting friendship which began in Queens when the two met during a production of Alice in Wonderland in sixth grade, the book is cleverly divided into colorful vignettes titled with their songs. 

For more great reading suggestions, you can browse the Kids Page.

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