Kids and adults can sign up now for Maricopa County Reads, the all-ages online summer reading program running June 1-Aug. 1. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.”
Participants who register online at maricopacountyreads.org get one point for every minute added to their reading log and can earn prizes and coupons throughout the summer. Prizes include a free book (1,000 points), a day-use pass for one adult and child or one vehicle at Arizona State Parks and a free personal pan pizza from Peter Piper Pizza. Log 20 minutes of reading every day for a chance to win a weekly drawing prize.
Every child (birth to age 11) who reaches 1,000 points over the course of the game is automatically entered into a grand-prize drawing for one of 20 one-year family memberships at local cultural attractions including the Phoenix Zoo, Arizona Science Center, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum. Winners will be notified the week of Aug. 5.
“A Universe of Stories” offers hands-on workshops, classes, festivals, tasks, scavenger hunts and more “community experiences” for participants. The program is aimed at promoting literacy and stopping the “summer slide” in learning that can happen when kids are away from school.
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