Summer Reading – Imagine Your Story!

Your Challenge

Keep the story going all summer with our “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program for youth birth to seventeen-years-old. Starting June 1, download an activity sheet: 

Complete your quest for reading success by finishing six “plot points” on the activity sheet. Plot points are completed by reading, fulfilling one of the activity options, or a combination of both.

If you need a submission mailed to you, please fill out this form.

When You Finish

Let us know that you’ve completed the “Imagine Your Story” challenges by midnight Saturday, August 15th, to be entered in the library’s grand prize drawings. You can notify us of completion in any of these ways: 

  • Upload your card digitally here.
  • Email your completed activity card to
  • Simply email with your child’s name and age to let us know that they have completed the challenge (no card upload needed)
  • Call BPL’s Youth Services team at 617.536.5400 ext. 2.Give the librarian your child’s name and age, and let us know that they have completed the challenge (no card upload needed)


The prizes will be gift certificates to local bookstores or comic book stores.

Finished the summer activity sheet and looking for more summer reading fun? 

Create your own reading log on the back of the activity sheet, join us at one of our live online events, or check out our treasure troves of online activities and resources! 

- Remote Resources for Families and Youth

- Craft and Science Challenges, Book Recs, and More from the Children’s Library

Why Does Summer Reading Matter?

Research shows that kids who don’t engage in reading over the summer tend to lose some of the academic skills they worked to develop during the previous school year, an effect known as “summer slide.” Achievement gaps can develop between students who read over the summer and those who don’t. Library summer reading programs offer a fun way for kids to vanquish summer slide and keep their reading skills sharp for the new school year.

Find out more about summer slide below:

- New York State Library’s Research Overview on Summer Reading
- Resources from California Library Associate on the Value of Summer Reading
- American Library Association’s LibGuide of Summer Reading Research

Summer reading is also a great way for younger kids to boost their early literacy skills. Even as babies, kids start learning the skills that will help prepare them to read and write, a process known as “early literacy.” Early literacy starts long before a child is developmentally ready to read. For example, learning to identify shapes will eventually help a child recognize letters. Below are links to a few additional resources about early literacy.


This summer, the library has a HUGE roster of online events planned for kids of all ages. We’ll be leading Facebook Live story times, musical performances, craft and science challenges, interactive Zoom book clubs, and more every day. Check out the schedules of events at the links below to see what adventures await at BPL this summer.

- Library Calendar of Summer Youth Programs 

- Children’s Library’s Facebook Page

Summer Reading Booklists

Not sure what to read over the summer? The Boston Public Library has a wide variety of book lists on our website. Explore book lists for kids of all ages here, or visit the Children’s Library’s Facebook page for interactive book recommendations.

Want more personalized recommendations? Fill in our Shelf Service request form, and one of our librarians will send you a list of book recs! The more information you provide about what your child likes and why, the better we can tailor our recommendations.

Boston Public Schools Summer Booklists

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

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