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Summer Reading at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts

Children's Summer Reading Program


Get in the Game @ Cary Library

Kids Age 0 - entering Grade 5

June 1st - August 27th

Get in the Game is sponsored by The Friends of Cary Memorial Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Preschool Reading Program (ages 0 - pre-Kindergarten):

Reading preparation begins BEFORE your child starts school — it begins at birth! There are five early literacy practices that every child needs to get ready to read, listen and write. This program is designed to encourage parents and caregivers to engage in these early literacy practices with your child all while exploring art, science, math, and more! Get ready to talk, sing, read, write, and play! Register your child for the summer reading program and you will receive your challenge board. Once you have completed each square on the board with your child, return it to the library and you may choose a free book to add to your home library!

  • What can I read?
  • What is an activity card?
  • What does "Visit the Library" mean?

Download your Challenge Board
Download Activity Cards for kids ages 0 - 2
Download Activity Cards for kids ages 3 - 5

School Age Reading Program (entering Kindergarten – Grade 5):

Children whose families spend time reading grow up to be avid readers. Our goal is to motivate you to read on your own or with your family for at least fifteen minutes every day this summer. Register for the summer reading program and you will receive your reading log. Each time that you read (or are read to) for 15 minutes) you may color in one of the small squares on the log. Once you have filled in the entire rectangle, you will have read for 10 hours. Get your parent or guardian to sign your log and you can come in and pick out a prize!

What can I read?
You may read any books or magazines you choose, in any language you choose. They do not have to be from the Library. Reading aloud to a friend or family member, listening to audio books, or listening to someone read to you also counts.

Keep track of the time you spend reading on your paper log. Each time you complete 10 hours of reading (that’s 600 minutes!), you may choose book from the prize cart in the Children’s Room at Cary Library.

Download your Summer Reading Log

(entering Grades 4 & 5)

This is an extra special challenge for avid readers to expand their reading horizons and push themselves to read outside their comfort zones. You may do this in addition to, or in lieu of, the reading program. Time spent reading books for the Challenge does count for the Reading Program.

For this challenge, you'll be reading a total of 10 books -- one book from each of the 10 different genres (you'll need to read about one book per week). After you have finished one or more books, you'll come to the library and answer a few questions about the books you've read. Once you've read and discussed all 10 books with a librarian, you'll receive a special prize and your name will go on the Wall of Fame!

What can I read?

  • Books need to be "just right" books for you -- at a reading level appropriate for you.
  • Books must meet the definition of the genres as provided in the Reading Challenge Log. If you are not sure, as a librarian if the book meets the requirements. We are happy to help you find a book in any genre.
  • Books may be in any language but you must be able to explain the plot in English to a librarian.
  • Audiobooks are acceptable.

Genre definitions for the Reading Challenge:

  • BIOGRAPHY OR AUTOBIOGRAPHY - A true account of someone’s life, or part of that life. An autobiography is a person’s own account of his or her life. If you choose a collective biography, containing information on many people, you must read the entire book.
  • FANTASY - A fictional story that uses magic or other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within this genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common.
  • FOLKLORE OR FAIRY TALE - A story based on legend, myth, or oral tradition.
  • GRAPHIC NOVEL - Book-length fiction or non-fiction that uses panels of comic-style art to tell the story. Picture books or chapter books with pictures are not acceptable for this format in the Reading Challenge.
  • HISTORICAL FICTION - A realistic fictional story set in the past and depicting a specific time period or historical event. Note: Time travel into the past is not Historical Fiction.
  • HISTORY (NON-FICTION) - A factual account of past events.
  • MYSTERY - A fictional story in which a character or characters try to solve a crime or puzzling event.
  • POETRY COLLECTION OR NOVEL IN VERSE - A collection of poems, or a novel-length story told in verse. If you choose a collection of poems, you must read the entire collection.
  • REALISTIC FICTION - A fictional story where everything that occurs in the story could have actually happened in real life. Note: Stories set in the past are Historical Fiction.
  • SCIENCE (NON-FICTION) - A book with factual information about the physical or natural world.
  • SCIENCE FICTION - A fictional story dealing with concepts such as futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. Note: Fiction about science does not necessarily qualify, for example: Magic School Bus books do not qualify.
  • SPORTS (FICTION- OR NON-FICTION) - A sports-themed book

Download your Reading Challenge Log

Recommended Summer Reading Lists

These lists were created collaboratively by the librarians at the Lexington elementary schools and the children's librarians of Cary Memorial Library.

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Can't decide what books to read, stop by and chat with one of our staff and we'll be happy to help you find just the right book. In the mean time, take a look at some of the highlighted selections below.

Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades K - 1

  • A library book for Bear
  • When dinosaurs came with everything
  • Scaredy squirrel
  • Adventures of Beekle
  • Finding Winnie : the true story of the world's most famous bear
  • Kid sheriff and the terrible Toads
  • Ivan : the remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla
  • Noisy poems for a busy day
  • Cinders : a chicken Cinderella
  • Z is for Moose
  • One Cool Friend
  • Dragons Love Tacos
  • The day the crayons quit
  • Red : a crayon's story
  • The chicken-chasing queen of Lamar County
  • You are (not) small
  • How I Became A Pirate
  • Creepy Carrots
  • Interrupting Chicken
  • Fly Guy presents : space
  • Red, white, and blue and Katie Woo!
  • Zelda and Ivy : the big picture
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
  • Tales for Very Picky Eaters
  • Rabbit and Robot

Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades 2 - 3

  • Zita the spacegirl. book one, Far from home
  • Growing up Pedro
  • Neighborhood Sharks
  • Rise of the balloon goons
  • Princess in Black
  • Bunjitsu Bunny
  • Bookmarks are people too!
  • Echo echo : reverso poems about Greek myths
  • Mesmerized : how Ben Franklin solved a mystery that baffled all of France
  • Dragonbreath
  • The trouble with chickens : a J.J. Tully mystery
  • The year of Billy Miller
  • Toys go out : being the adventures of a knowledgeable Stingray, a toughy little Buffalo, and someone called Plastic
  • Heidi Heckelbeck has a secret
  • Mercy Watson to the rescue
  • Pigsticks and Harold and the incredible journey
  • You can't drink a meatball through a straw
  • Like Pickle Juice On A Cookie
  • Fairy tale feasts : a literary cookbook for young readers and eaters
  • Anna Hibiscus
  • Waylon! : one awesome thing
  • A dog's breakfast
  • Felix takes the stage
  • A boy and a jaguar

Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades 4 - 6

  • Boys of Steel
  • El Deafo
  • Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
  • The terrible two
  • Treasury of Norse mythology : stories of intrigue, trickery, love, and revenge
  • Booked
  • Outlaws Spies and Gangsters
  • Child soldier : when boys and girls are used in war
  • Big top burning : the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on Earth
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • The War That Saved My Life
  • The School for Good and Evil
  • The thing about jellyfish
  • Stella by starlight
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library
  • Sunny side up
  • Roller girl
  • Seven dead pirates : a ghost story
  • On the run
  • River runs deep
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures
  • Ultimate bugopedia : the most complete bug reference ever
  • Yang the youngest and his terrible ear
  • Nooks & crannies
  • My life with the liars
  • The cabinet of curiosities : 36 tales brief & sinister