Kids Summer Reading Program

While adults hit the books for a summer of beachside reading (see the Summer Reading Guide on page 24), the Santa Barbara Public Library presents a reading program for kids. The program provides reading incentives, volunteers to discuss book choices with children, and a list of book suggestions. For toddlers, A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom, about a goose and bear becoming friends, is recommended. Book! Book! Book!, Deborah Bruss’s tale of a pack of mischievous animals, is suggested for kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade. For 3rd and 4th graders, E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan is sure to incite the same love of reading that Charlotte’s Web inspired. And for 5th and 6th graders, Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series-three wizardly tales in the same vein as the Harry Potter books-will spark the imagination. To join the reading program, stop by any S.B. Public Library Branch, call 564-5638, or visit

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