Best Summer Reading Events For Kids In Seattle

May 31, 2013 5:00 AM

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As sun-drenched days replace rainy skies, students leave the classroom and often leave behind their reading habits, as well. This summer, reading events abound for parents and caregivers in the Seattle area who want to instill the joy of reading into children of all ages. From reading, to a listening dog, to learning about firefighters, to hearing about folktales around the world, the Seattle area offers reading events for every budding reader. Instead of hearing children say, “I’m bored,” you can help them become lost in new stories and in the love of learning.

Reading With Rover
Edmonds Public Library
650 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 771-1933

Date: July 13, 2013

Do you have a young reader who is hesitant to read aloud? Reading With Rover is the perfect solution for children who are uncomfortable reading in front of their peers. The Reading With Rover program uses loving, patient dogs who listen to children as they read to them. Reading With Rover aims to help every child develop literacy skills while learning to love reading. The Rover program visits Seattle-area schools, libraries and bookstores, bringing therapy dogs who are happy to listen to children as they practice their reading skills.

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Seattle Public Library Firefighter Story Time
Northgate Library
10548 5th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 386-1980

Date: July 11, 2013

The Seattle Public Library offers free story times for children and their caregivers every day of the week, except Sundays. Firefighter Story Time builds upon children’s long-time love of these heroic figures. Preschoolers, parents and caregivers can enjoy a special story time that highlights fire safety. Children will be delighted to discover that Seattle firefighters will be showing them firefighting equipment and reading to them.

Mockingbird Books Story Time
7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 518-5886

Dates: Daily, except Sundays

Mockingbird Books, located near picturesque Green Lake, offers story time for children of all ages every day during the summer, except Sundays. Story time attendees typically range in age from newborn to six years of age and the store carries books for readers at all levels, encourage literacy for all ages. This family-friendly, cheerful and highly accessible bookstore features staff members who carefully choose books for story time every day. Story time is free, typically lasts 30 minutes and takes place in the bookstore’s reading room. The building that houses Mockingbird Books was originally built as a Congregational Church in 1921 and the bookstore is appropriately located in the area of the original building’s nursery.

Seattle Public Library Farmers Market Story Time
Lake City Library
12501 28th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 368-9999

Date: July 25, 2013

Farmers Market Story Time is open for all children up to the age of eight. The children’s librarian, Nancy, will engage children in rhymes, stories and songs as they learn to love literature. The Thursday Farmers Market is a wonderful way for children to learn about wares sold at markets, including fruits, vegetables and art. When the weather allows, story time will be held in front of the library in the midst of the Thursday Farmers Market.

King County Library System Story Time
Kirkland Library
308 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 822-2459

Story Time is hosted by Kirkland Library’s children’s librarians, Patty and Bernice. Join them for infant, toddler and family story times throughout the summer. Special events include the Enchanted Garden Story Workshop on July 20 at 11 a.m., where children ages three and up will use a book to help solve a mystery. Also on the special events docket is Tales Found Underground Storytelling on July 25 at 2:30 p.m., where children ages three and up learn about folktales from around the world.

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Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on

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