Are you ready to read this summer?

Check out the upcoming events and all the opportunities below to help you get started!


Tower of Books Summer Challenge The PTSA Blast into Reading Committee is pleased to help sponsor Fairwood Elementary's Summer Reading Challenge to honor and motivate students to read. 

Instructions and record sheet are being sent home in Tuesday packets but you can print out more record sheets HERE. In the fall bring your Tower Record Sheets back to the school library to Mrs. Keiser for a fun activity/prizes!

Check back often on the Facebook pages for Fairwood Elementary and Fairwood PTSA to keep updated and motivated throughout the summer!

"Battle of the Books" Do you have an incoming 4th, 5th or 6th grade student?

This program starts up again in the fall but your student can start reading now! The 2019-20 books have been  announced. Check out the Fairwood Battle of the Books blog for the list and some tips/hints.  This parent volunteer-led blog will be updated in the Fall. Our school librarian, Mrs. Keiser, will help organize the teams in the Winter.

What is Battle of the Books? This is a reading incentive program in elementary, middle school and high schools across the country. Find out more about the district sponsored program HERE. 

Below are free resources to help motivate your kids! Some include free books or other incentives.1 Know of any others? Send us an email so we can add to our list! Email 

  • Amazon Summer Reading Challenge – When students K-8 read any 8 books and turn in their list by September 10, 2019, they will earn a free book. It looks like you have to turn in the list to one of the Amazon retail or pop-up stores, so it appears to only be available in certain areas. Check the website for details. FREE BOOK!
  • Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program - Gives 1st - 6th grade readers the opportunity to earn a free book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading journal (English or Spanish).
  • Chuck E. Cheese's Reading Rewards - Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row.  Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free tokens.
  • DOGOBooks Summer Reading Program – Book reviews for kids by kids encourages young readers to share their thoughts on the books they read. Kids are invited to read books and share their reviews of the books. The top 10 reviewers will win a book prize pack, the next 25 top reviewers will win a $10 gift card. FREE BOOKS
  • Half Price Books – From June 1st through July 31st, 2019, kids aged 14 and under (or 8th grade and under) can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks (store credit) to use in the store whenever they’ve read 300+ minutes. Just download and use this reading log, add up your minutes, and have a parent/guardian initial each week.

    Then bring the reading log to your local Half Price Books to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 29th, 2019. Each child can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks for the month of June AND $5 for July.

  • Local Libraries
    • King County Library System - "A Universe of Stores" is the theme of the 2019 Summer Reading program. You can register online or stop by your local library to register and pick up your reading logs. There are reading logs available for all ages.
    • Seattle Public Library System - "Explore Your World!" 2019 Summer of Learning program will launch on June 24. There will be programs and activities in every library location in the city! And there's fun for teens and adults too (summer book bingo) with prizes! Please note that anyone one with a King County Library card is eligible to register for a Seattle Public Library card (reciprocal use agreement).
  • Support Your Independent Bookstores! - Click here for an article from ParentMap listing a few in our area. Many have their own summer reading programs (like Third Place Books) besides other free events for children. And if you want to take a ferry ride, Eagle Harbor Bookstore on Bainbridge Island is a fun place.  Close to Mora's (ice cream) and a great toy store (Calico Toy Shoppe) too!

1 many of these programs were compiled from