to the Mayor's Summer Reading Club!




What is the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club?

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club is a program for all children ages birth to eight and their families that will take place in locations throughout the city of Atlanta this summer. The program designates a city-wide book choice for infants, a book for children ages 2-4, and a book for children ages 5-8 to share with their families at no cost to them. Throughout the summer, libraries, summer programs, museums, farmers’ markets, and other institutions in Atlanta will hold “book club reads” to model research based methods of reading books with children and will host enrichment events based upon the stories. The books will come to life as children enjoy arts and crafts activities, drama exercises, and other hands on activities designed to make the language in the stories meaningful to children.

What are the program goals?

The reading club will utilize public-private partnerships to improve vocabulary and literacy skills of children ages birth through eight in Atlanta, get high-quality books into the homes of children in Atlanta who will benefit most, and give parents practical tools to help their children become early learners. The goals are to engage the community in encouraging our youngest children to continue reading and learning during the summer, to encourage families to instill literacy as a core value in the home and increase family awareness of the importance of reading with their children every day.

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2014 Selections

Mayor Kasim Reed and community leaders have selected some special books for Atlanta’s youngest learners to read this summer:

Stripes of All Types
By: Susan Stockdale
(Recommended Ages: Birth to 3)
In Stripes of All Types, author and illustrator Susan Stockdale brings to life a patterned parade of animals, showing young readers some of the many reasons stripes are found so often in nature. Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and simple phrases keep children entertained, while a glossary at the back provides more in-depth information on each featured animal.

Amari’s Bike Adventure
By: Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School
(Recommend Grades: Pre K -1st)
Amari is excited to be a part of the Lantern Parade on Atlanta’s Beltline, but that excitement quickly fades as she experiences some frustration while learning to ride her bike. Through the encouragement of her family and helpful community members, Amari learns that she can accomplish anything with practice and hard work.

Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street
By: Roni Schotter
(Recommended Grades: 2nd-3rd)
Eva, a would-be writer, sits on her New York City stoop with her notebook, waiting for something to happen. She has been given a homework assignment to record goings-on in her Manhattan neighborhood. Each neighbor who passes offers her useless writing tips, but it isn't until Eva takes matters into her own hands that exciting things begin to happen in her neighborhood — enough to make a great story! A hilarious sequence of happenings ensues and Eva learns that you can find inspiration for writing anywhere if you observe carefully enough.


Opening Event: Let's Read, Let's Move!

Hosted by The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
June 7th
For children 0-8.
The event is free with paid admission to the museum

Join us as we kick off the second annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club! We will be joined by Susan Stockdale, the author of Stripes, and other special guests as we welcome a “Summer of New Adventures” through the introduction of three new books. Children will do crafts, hear read-alouds, and leave with a free age-specific book.

Closing Event: A Summer of New Adventures

Hosted by the Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
August 2nd
10am-12 noon
For children 0-8.

This event is free. Join us as we celebrate the end of the second annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club. We will have family-fun events, a free bike give-away, and other activities. Stayed tuned for more information about this event.

For all events throughout the summer, check out the Club’s Calendar


Reading is fundamental. But teaching kids how to fall in love with reading and to read well is no easy task. We’ve linked up the following tips so that you can help our youngest learners develop healthy vocabulary and become great storytellers.

Let's Read

Reading Tips

Encouraging All to Read



We gratefully aknowledge the support of our partners:

We would also like to thank our incredible community partners:


Whether you'd like to volunteer, find a book distribution site, or just learn more about the program, feel free to get in touch with us!


c/o Reading Coordinator


c/o Chief Service Officer
55 Trinity Avenue
Suite 2400
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 330-6385

lantern parade