Summer Reading 2017

Our summer reading program features great suggested titles and reading incentives, fun (free!) programs for all ages. Participating in summer reading is an easy and fun way for kids to stay engaged with reading during the summer months and avoid the dreaded "summer slide" of learning loss.

The Summer Reading Program runs from June 5  through September 8. Kids can pick up their reading logs starting June 5.

Summer Reading is as easy as... 1 -- 2 -- 3!

Step 1: Sign-Up for a Reading Log

This can be done at either the Children’s Ask! Desk at the library or at our Islington Branch. 

Step 2: Read

Keep track of the amount of time that you read using your Reading Log. All reading counts – including books read to you or that you listen to as an audiobook.

Step 3: Get Raffle Tickets -or- Pick a Small Prize

Bring your reading log to either the Children’s Ask! Desk or the Islington Branch and receive a raffle ticket or choose a small prize from our treasure chest for every 2 hours that you read!

Logging Your Reading:

  • Fill out a star on your Reading Log for every 15 minutes you read
  • For every 2 hours you get:
    • A grand prize raffle ticket OR a small prize of your choice from the treasure chest
  • The first 200 kids to reach the end of the "Overtime Roud" of 50 hours read gets a “Summer Reading Champion Lives Here” lawn sign.

Summer Reading Raffles 2017

Raffle tickets are given out for every 2 hours of reading and children may enter the raffle of their choice

Prizes are made possible by Friends of the Library, Dedham Savings, and Roche Brothers.

  • Grand Prize Packs:
    • All About Trucks Prize Pack: Green Toys Dump Truck and two picture books.
    • In the Garden Prize Pack: Gardening playset and three picture books
    • Little Friends Prize Pack: A basket of babies toy set and two board books.
    • Young Readers Prize Pack: 5 Popular easy reader books and Crazy 8s card game, glow in the dark thinking putty, and Mr. sketch scented markers.
    • Build it with Lego Prize Pack: Two lego ideas books and Lego Classic Brick set, Lego City ATV Arrest Set, Lego City Fire Starter set.
    • Fantastic Beasts Prize Pack: Harry Potter coloring book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book and DVD, Funko POP! Newt Scramander.
    • Middle School Reads: 6 Middle school books (two signed by authors!), Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker, and Kindle Fire.
    • Jedi Academy Prize Pack: Includes 4 Jedi Academy series books, BB-8 Bop It game, Kindle Fire.
    • Zombies Prize Packs: My Zombie Goldfish series, 3 blow zombies, glow in the dark brain, zombie caution tape, and Kindle Fire.

Let's build a Better World Kindness Challenge: Help us build a better world, one small act of kindness at a time! Comeplete the kindness challenge and get your name displayed on the Summer Reading "We throw Kindess like Confetti!" bulletin board and earn a kindess coin to add to the jar. Proceeds will go towards The Women's Locker Room Foundation which helps give hygiene products to homeless women and children.

These book lists have been selected and curated by the Westwood Children's Librarians as suggestions for reading this summer. These books have been chosen from what has been published within the last year so every year we have a different group of books we are highlighting.


Birth-PreK List

Grades K-1st

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

Middle School List

High School List