Kids summer reading: What to read, listen to, watch & do!

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam

Summer is here, and so is this year’s summer reading program: Oceans of Possibilities!

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The program runs all summer long, June 1-August 30. Here at the Oak Park Library, we are so excited about all the possibilities that the summer reading program provides for kids and families.

Everyone is encouraged to read & all reading is good reading

You can read picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks—the possibilities are endless! 

You can come into the library to browse our large collection of children’s books, such as:

Explore your digital library

If you can’t come into the library, you can access the library from anywhere with your Oak Park library card and PIN!

Media on Demand & Libby

The library’s largest and most popular collection of ebooks and audiobooks is an excellent source for fantastic reading this summer. Check out ebooks like Shine on Luz Veliz or digital audiobooks like Amira’s Picture Day. You can even check out magazines through Media on Demand/Libby, like Highlights, High Five, or National Geographic Little Kids.


You also can check out ebooks and digital audiobooks on Hoopla, like the graphic novel, Secrets of Camp Whatever or the Wings of Fire fictional novel series.


Flipster is a fantastic resource for magazines. Kids and families can access issues of Cricket and Parents magazines, as well as magazines covering topics such as cooking, fashion, travel, entertainment, news, politics, and plenty more!

Try some fun activities

Along with reading, everyone is encouraged to participate in fun activities this summer.

Dive into a new topic with activities curated by some of your favorite librarians

Get outside

Attend a program

Register for one of the many programs that we will be having at the library this summer for kids:

Try some ocean-themed activities

With this year’s Oceans of Possibilities theme, try doing some ocean-themed yoga poses, create an ocean in a bottle, and make an origami fish or sea creature. Did you know that The Continental Divide runs through Oak Park? Learn what this means for our water »

There are so many possibilities! We can’t wait to get started!


About Eileen

Eileen Saam is a children’s digital learning librarian who loves discovering new things, learning from others, and sharing with children the joy and wonder of books. One of her favorite things to do at the library is to help children, families, and teachers find books and digital resources that delight and inspire them.

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