Summer Reading at 4 Kids Books & Toys

When I was a kid, I loved the summer reading program at the local library. I was a voracious reader and had no problem tearing through 50 books or more over the course of the summer. Now I have kids of my own and not all of them reading like I did. So when I heard about the summer reading program at 4 Kids Books and Toys in Zionsville, I knew it was a good fit for my more reluctant readers.

4 Kids Books & Toys sign

4 Kids Books & Toys is located in the Weston Pointe Shops north of 106th Street and Michigan Road.

The program, called “Give Me Summer, Give Me Books” is separated into grade levels: kindergarten-2nd grade; grades 3-5; and grades 6-8. Children sign up in store, pledging to “seize these epic books from my favorite independent book store in America.” Here is the best part: kids only have to read six books to complete the program. That is much more achievable for kids who aren’t apt to read several books a week.

Summer Reading program at 4 Kids Books & ToysFor each of the three reading groups, 4 Kids has a suggested reading list. Children can choose to read all six titles suggested, or they can read three of the suggested books and three others of their choosing. The suggested reading lists are as follows:

Grades K-2

  • A Birthday for Bear
  • The Critter Club
  • Dodsworth in London
  • The Life of Ty
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire
  • TumTum & Nutmeg

Grades 3-5

  • Better Nate than Never
  • Liar & Spy
  • A Tale Dark & Grimm
  • One Crazy Summer
  • Three Times Lucky
  • Wings of Fire

Grades 6-8

  • Endangered
  • The Madman’s Daughter
  • The Scorpio Races
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Shadow on the Mountain
  • Sylo
Book stacks at 4 Kids Books

Find a spot to cozy up with a book and a friend.

Children who reach the goal of six books read will earn water bottles and string backpacks filled with coupons and offers from other local businesses. Prizes will be available after July 4.

4 Kids Books and Toys is the winner of the 2014 Women’s National Book Association’s Pannell Awards, which recognize independent bookstores that “enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.” In addition to the summer reading program, the store offers activities such a “Paint a Story” and teen book club. Keep up on happenings at the store by following their Facebook page.