Children's Summer Reading

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Don't Miss the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Truck!

Friday, 8/20 | 4–6 PM | We're so proud of all of our summer readers, and we think you deserve a treat. Come enjoy FREE scoops of your favorite flavors from the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Truck! Children and grown-ups are welcome to grab a sweet snack and hang out with Children’s Librarians outside in front of the Library. Registration is not required. Spread the word! We can’t wait to see you!

Summer Reading Kicks Off Monday, June 21

As the school year winds down, there’s a lot to look forward to! Watertown Free Public Library’s annual summer reading program begins when the academic year ends. We’re here to help keep your student’s reading on track.  

How To Participate

  • Open the Challenge Card and print it from home. Challenge Cards are also available in the Children’s Room.
  • Read! Keep reading! 
  • Read some more!
  • Complete a challenge. Celebrate! Claim a prize!
  • Every participant is eligible to win a pencil, an eraser, and stickers!
  • Students have until September 15 to claim 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

Check out our events calendar to find more details about our programming.

Rain cancelations: If you are standing outside and can feel raindrops, the Children’s outdoor program is canceled. The Library will do our best to update social media and the event calendar. When in doubt, call the Children’s Room at 617-972-6435.  


Contact the Children’s Room at 617-972-6435, fill out this form, or send Emily an email at


If you cannot pick up summer reading materials or prizes and wish to participate, please contact the Children’s Room. All materials and prizes are available for curbside pickup.  

Summer Reading/Tails and Tales is sponsored by 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.