Summer Reading

See also: Summer Reading for Adults and Teens.

Children's Summer Reading Program

How to Participate

As the school year winds down, we know there’s a lot on your mind. Between camp, visiting friends and family, and staying cool at the pool, you’re going to be busy! That's why Watertown Free Public Library is here to help keep your student on track with our annual Summer Reading Program. 

Just like last year, we’re playing Bingo this summer! Bingo cards are available at Watertown Free Public Library beginning June 17 for all students entering grades K-5 in Fall 2019.

  • Pick up a Bingo card beginning June 17
  • Celebrate! Join our kickoff celebration on Saturday, June 22 with musician Jeremy Lyons!
  • Read 5 books that complete a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line on your Bingo card. 
  • Celebrate! Visit the library to claim your prize.
  • Keep reading! Fill all of the Bingo squares for a cover all Bingo. 
  • Celebrate! Visit the library to claim another prize!

Every participant is eligible to win up to 2 prizes. Students have until August 31 to show Children’s Librarians a winning Bingo card for a prize.

Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Watertown Public Schools and Watertown Free Public Library have compiled suggested summer reading lists for students. Please remember these are suggestions only: children have different reading interests and abilities. Children’s Librarians are available to assist in helping you find a ‘just right’ book to enjoy. 

Is your child younger than 5 years old? Check out 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Summer Events at the Library

Watertown Free Public Library has a robust calendar of events. This summer will feature weekly performances, crafts, science activities, and family movies, all right here at your local library. Stop by the library or check out our events calendar to find more details. 


You can take our collection with you! Find and download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more for the whole family through our website!


Visit a museum this summer! If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can participate in the Watertown Free Public Library Museum Pass program! Museum Pass reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance, using a valid Minuteman library card in good standing. See a full listing of available passes.


Contact the Children’s Room at 617-972-6435, or come in for a visit!

A Universe of Stories is sponsored by the Watertown Free Public Library, the Watertown Free Public Library Building Committee, the Charles Burke Fund, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.