Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading

HCPL's Summer Reading Program is Serious Fun!

Join us June 3 - August 3 for fun programs and activities. Log your reading all summer long to earn cool prizes!

Early registration begins May 20!

Summer Reading FAQs

  • The Summer Reading Program is open to readers of all ages! There are four separate age groups for the program: Early Literacy (0-4), Kids (5-11), Teens (12-17), and Adults (18+). 

  • No! You do not need a library card to sign up for the Summer Reading Program or to attend any library programs. However, you need a library card to borrow materials from the library or from the Digital Media Catalog. Visit the library card page and find the right card works for you.

  • Participate in the Summer Reading Program by creating an account on Beanstack. 

Summer Reading Community Tracker


total books read


total minutes read

Art, Music, Theater & More All Summer Long!

Featured Events

Virtual Author Talks

Our partners a the Library Speakers Consortium put together a line of great author talks for kids and teens in July. Join us online for author talks by Kate DiCamillo, Max Brailler, Dan Santat, and Elizabeth Acevedo!

Virtual Author Visits

Visit to Deckawoo Drive with Mercy Watson & Kate DiCamillo

Jul 9th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online Event

Surviving Summer: The Last Kids on Earth and Max Brallier

Jul 16th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online Event

Power of Poetry with Bestselling Author Elizabeth Acevedo

Jul 23rd | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online Event

Telling Your Own Story in a Graphic Novel with Dan Santat

Jul 30th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online Event

More Summer Reading Events

Summer Reading 2024 Challenges

READ ADVENTUROUSLY THIS SUMMER! Our Summer Reading Challenges offer prompts to help you find new authors, new topics, and new genres for new reading experiences.

Weekly Reading Challenges

Summer Reading Challenge #2: Grab Your Passport

Read a book set outside the U.S. Grab your passport and checkout stories that explores new places.

Summer Reading Challenge #1: Uncharted Territory

For the first week of Summer Reading Program 2024: Read a fantasy book! Fantasy books take readers to uncharted territory.

Why summer reading?


  • Kids and teens who read for pleasure during the summer have to spend less time and energy relearning lost skills when school starts.
  • As little as ten minutes a day of reading works wonders for children's language skills.
  • All the special, fun summer activities at the library can motivate reluctant readers.
  • Tracking the time they spend reading or the number of books they have read gives children a sense of accomplishment.
  • HCPL's Summer Reading Program is fun for the whole family--from baby to seniors.
  • You earn cool prizes for reading, attending library programs and doing other activities.

Get a Library Card

HCPL offers a variety of library cards- All free and available to Harris County residents! Find the right card for you and see all that the library has to offer.

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