Join the First Partner for a Summer of Learning and Fun!

The First Partner's

Summer Book Club

June 13 - August 12

From the Office of the First Partner in the State of California, the First Partner’s Summer Book Club is a 9-week initiative to promote children’s literacy and participation in summer reading programs hosted by local libraries throughout the state.
 
Launched in partnership with the California State Library, the First Partner’s Summer Book Club offers California families opportunities to keep children engaged all summer long. 
 
Summer reading helps younger children build a solid foundation for literacy and ensures that older children retain what they learned in the previous academic year, preventing learning loss known as “summer slide.” Studies show that students who participate in summer reading programs have better reading skills at the end of third grade and score higher on standardized tests than students who don’t participate.

Sign Up for the Summer Book Club

How to Participate

Sign-Up for the Challenge

Track your reading through Beanstack, the Kern County Library’s digital reading challenge platform. By enrolling in the First Partner’s Summer Book Club, you can win digital badges and celebrate reading together.

Join Our Library Community

Want to get connected this Summer? Join our community on social media by tagging us with #CAKidsRead on any social media platform.

Read the Booklist

Want to get connected this Summer? Join our community on social media by tagging us with #CAKidsRead on any social media platform.

Join Us for Storytime

The First Partner Storytime is a fun family activity for preschool-age kids (3-5 years) that everyone is welcome to join! Weekly, the First Partner will host virtual storytime with a guest and will touch on themes of radical self-love, community, resilience and strength, and mindfulness.

Even More Ways to Join the Club!

Attend Summer Reading Challenge Programming

The annual Summer Reading Challenge is happening at your Library through July 2021. It’s not too late to stop by the Library to attend an event or to sign-up. Participants who read 10 books or for 10 hours receive a FREE book (while supplies last).

Explore California
State Parks

Visit a California State Park for the day or an overnight immersive program exploring the outdoors and cultural and natural resources of the park. 

Access First 5
At-Home Activities

Join First 5 for read-along, sing-along, and other at-home activities for the whole family. Activities are available in English and Spanish; they range from singing and yoga to storytimes and making musical instruments.

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