2015 summer reading programs in Hawaii

This summer, when you’re planning to lounge at the beach or relax in the park, take a new friend – a book, a magazine, a graphic novel – with you. While idling before an appointment, standing in line, or waiting for the bus, take out a book and read. Before rushing home after work, avoid heavy traffic and read a book. And don’t forget to pack a book for your children, your nieces and nephews, and young cousins.

In addition to learning new things and delving into new worlds, you can get rewarded for reading. There are two reading programs in Hawaii:

Hawaii Public Libraries Summer Reading 2015

* The Hawaii Public Libraries Summer Reading Program, May 31 to July 18, 2015. Children, teens, and adults can read at least one book each week and earn cool prizes. There are three reading programs: “Every Hero Has a Story” for elementary students, “Unmask!” for teens, and “Escape the Ordinary” for adults. We can all read a book about a famous or significant person in history, write about the influential people in our lives, or even create our own superhero.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading 2015

* The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program, “Imagination’s Destination,” May 19 to September 7, 2015. Elementary students in grades 1-6 can read 8 books, record them in the Reading Journal, and turn in their Reading Journal for a free book from the book list (there are stores located in Honolulu, Oahu and Lahaina, Maui). Download a free printable Summer Reading Kit to help kids keep track of favorite books, explore different genres, and more.

There is even a national reading program that you can join online:

* The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online program that runs from May 4 through September 4, 2015. Kids can log the minutes they spend reading, play games, earn virtual rewards, and enter sweepstakes, all in an effort to set a new reading world record for summer 2015!

What books will you read this summer? Where are your favorite places to read?

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