Summer Reading 2018

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 4  through September 15. Kids can pick up their reading logs starting June 4.

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

Step 1: Sign-Up for a Reading Log and don't forget to tell us which school you go to!

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 2018

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:
    • Pre-K Music: Melissa and Doug Band in a Box, “Music Instruments” Board Book: ABC and 123 Learning Songs
    • Elephant and Piggie: Elephant and Piggie stuffies, Elephant and Piggie Biggie book (filled with multiple stories), Elephant and Piggie Art-ivity Book
    • Minecraft: Minecraft Blockopedia, Minecraft Lego Set, Minecraft paper craft, Minecraft minifgures
    • Rocks and Gems!: National Geographic Break Open Geode Set, National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals book, Amethyst, Mini set of Rocks and minerals
    • Unicorns!: Large stuffed unicorn from Despicable Me, Box set of Phoebe and her Unicorn books, Bag of Unicorn Farts (cotton candy), Unicorn headband
    • Ukulele: Mahalo Ukulele Complete Starter Pack, Ukulele Instructional  book, Set of Picks.
    • Book Lovers: 9 New books (4 of which have not been released yet!), Kindle Paperwhite, “When in Doubt, Go to the Library” tote bag, "Books turn muggles into Wizards" socks.
    • Technology: Nintendo Switch
    • Firetruck ride on the First Day of School by the Westwood Fire Department

Kindness ROCKS 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 "Kindness Rocks" bulletin board and earn a kindess coin to add to the jar. Proceeds will go towards Cradles to Crayons. 

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