Youth Summer Reading: Reading & Learning

Suggested Youth Reading

Get started with these Rock & Read book suggestions from our librarians, but kids can read to the beat of their own drum to complete any five books to get their free Summer Reading book bag!

Picture Books With a Beat

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Rockin' Kids' Books

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Tune In to These Teen Books

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Record reads, earn a prize!

Log the titles of the five completed books read and claim a limited-edition 2018 Youth Summer Reading Program BOOK BAG!

Whether the five books are from our suggested titles or are other books you've always wanted to read, the goal of the Youth Summer Reading Program is to promote the fun and discovery of reading for pleasure!

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Summer Learning Activities

In between books, check out some of the cool things to do around Kansas City this summer—or make up your own. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Take in a free concert. Various locations throughout the metro area offer them during the summer months.
  • Create your own musical instrument. There are all kinds of websites and online videos to help you learn how. Not to mention books at the Library.
  • Gather family or friends, and use your new instruments to hold a concert.
  • Be a tourist in your own hometown. Find out what's happening in Kansas City at
  • Harmonize on a different level by visiting the Children's Peace Pavilion in Independence, which features more than 25 activities that encourage peaceful living.
  • Take a tour of fountains—Kansas City is full of them—and listen to the soothing tones of water.
  • Create your own meditation video or audio program by recording the natural sights and sounds around us—particularly at one of our many area parks and nature centers.
  • Learn more about the history of music in Kansas City by visiting the Marr Sound Archives on the UMKC campus. Or visit
  • Exercise to your favorite tunes.
  • Download a movie from the Library on Kanopy Kids, Hoopla, or Overdrive.
  • Get your own songs to keep from the Library's Freegal digital music service.
  • Or stream an album from Hoopla and listen to something new every week.
  • Art Starts at the Library (and so does music) the First Friday in June at the Central Library.
  • Learn a new tabletop board game, and play with your friends.
  • Catch a Jazz Storytime at the American Jazz Museum on First Fridays at 10 a.m.
  • Join us for Friday Night Family Fun at the Plaza Branch at 6:30 p.m.
  • Music and dancing happens all over the Library system this summer.
  • Find a Youth Summer Reading program and join in the fun.
  • Widen your musical taste by listening to a new genre of music or a new artist. Get started at your Library!
  • Create a playlist of your favorite songs. Check out how your parents/grandparents experienced their favorite songs back in the day. (hint: Google "Mixtape").
  • Explore the science of music at Don't let "science" scare you off—this site is fun.
  • Create your own music at It's a free website.
  • Turn the car radio up, roll the windows down, and sing along as loud as you can.