Summer Reading 2018

Click here to download the 2018 Summer Reading Passport!

Read our Summer Reading media release! 

Order Summer Reading Books 
PreK-2nd Grade  |  3rd-5th Grade  |  Middle School High School

Author Biographies
Click here to learn more about the authors on the summer reading list who will be attending
the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors September 6-9, 2018.

Free Summer Reading Events at Bookmarks
Visit our Coming Events Page for more details!

About Summer Reading:

Our Summer Reading Program has selections of books from the North Carolina Battle of the Books, American Library Association award winners, North Carolina Book award winners, and upcoming festival authors. The beauty of the Bookmarks program is that kids can read books over the summer, then come to our Festival on September 8 and actually meet and hear from the authors they read. In addition to the reading opportunities in our program, there are additional activities for children to engage within our community from participating in an art jam downtown, visiting a park, or writing a letter to an author coming to Festival.

We are launching our reading program on Saturday, June 9 where kids can jump in bouncy houses, purchase Kona ice, and see firsthand the books listed in the program. Children that bring the completed reading passport to the Festival on September 8 will receive a free book and anyone who turns in their completed reading passport will be entered into a drawing for $50 gift certificates for our store.

Summer Reading is crucial to keep kids learning over the summer. Kids who read over the summer gain one month of educational process while kids that don't read over the summer lose about two months worth of educational progress. Summer Reading can make a big difference! We hope you will work with your children over the summer to keep on learning. All books in our Summer Reading Program are available at the Forsyth County Public Library or, of course, you can purchase them at Bookmarks and support our nonprofit outreach.

What people are saying about Summer Reading:

"We love the program. Great exposure to new/diverse authors. Good amount of reading required, but I would even support requiring more reading."  

"Math tells the story of the power of reading.  On standardized testing, students reading just twenty minutes a day are likely to be in the 90th or better percentile compared to students reading one minute a day in the 10th percentile or below. Finding your way into good books is a summer must at my house. I sure hope Whitaker students will do the same in Summer 2017 by participating in Bookmarks' program. " - Sharon Creasy, Principal, Whitaker Elementary School
 

Special appreciation to the following organizations for their support of Summer Reading: 

Winston-Salem Journal  |  Fidelity Investments  |  Forsyth County Public Library  |  Dollar General Literacy Foundation  |  The AFAS Group  |  The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County  |  YMCA