Summer Reading Challenge!

When I was a kid, summer vacation didn’t just mean time away from school. It also meant having time to read even more books! And needless to say, my parents supported that endeavor wholeheartedly. Summer vacation involved weekly trips to our local public library, as well as to our favorite local chain bookstore (RIP, Davis-Kidd Booksellers)—and both places offered summer reading challenges for kids in our area. We’d receive a treasure map marked with different pieces of treasure to collect—aka types of books to read. We’d be handed a jungle safari guidebook listing genres instead of animals, or a map of the solar system with books on each planet. The challenge: read a book in each category in order to win a prize at the end of the summer.

The prize, of course, was usually a gift certificate to buy more books. And so it goes. 🙂

Anyway, when the YA Buccaneers team started talking…

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