Reading Programs

Summer Reading

Want to help your child or teen combat summer slide while school is out?


Check out our FAQ below to find out everything you need to know about our Teen and Children’s Summer Reading Challenge. Or watch this silly video for an introduction to the Challenge! (Thanks to our friends at Milton Access TV for helping us make it.)

Already have all the info? Click here to sign in to your Reading Log or to register.

Click here for a tutorial on how to use the system.

We can’t wait to see you at the library this summer!

Love, the staff of the Milton Public Library


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This is the Milton Public Library’s year-round reading program for babies and toddlers up to age five.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national movement that encourages parents to bond with their children through reading together, and helps young readers develop a lifelong love of books and learning from an early age.

To register, or to log your books, click here.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Other Reading Challenges

From time to time we offer month-long challenges for all ages!

To register, or to log your books, click here.





Children's Summer Reading Questions

What is the Children's Summer Reading Challenge?

It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids from kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website.  Our 2022 theme is Read Beyond the Beaten Path!

When does the Challenge start and end?

Pre-registration is open now! Readers can begin logging minutes on June 23, and the last date to log your time is August 31. Need help logging minutes? Just call the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957.

How can children who can't yet read participate?

By having stories read to them. Even children who are independent reader may count stories that are read to them. (Audio books also count!)

Why does the library need a phone number and email address?

Summer Reading Challenge participants are eligible for special prize drawings during the program. If you win, we need to let you know! An email address also lets us send reminders of special events and of approaching deadlines. Contact information is never shared.

How many minutes should I read?

As many as you want! We recommend that every child try to read at least 20-30 minutes per day. In the past, Milton Summer Readers have read 1,000,000 minutes over the course of the summer! Can we do it again?

What should I read?

You may read anything you like, from anywhere you like! The choice is yours – stories, nonfiction, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, whatever. The library will have displays of great books to read, and there are links to some suggestions below, too.

Summer Reading Suggestions

Children’s Reading Choices 2020
Summer Reading for Birth-Preschool, 2022
Summer Reading for Grades K-2, 2022
Summer Reading for Grades 3-5, 2022
Summer Reading for Grades 6-8, 2022
Summertime Favorites from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Book Lists from Scholastic

Who makes all of this super fun stuff possible?

The Massachusetts Summer Library Program is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Local sponsors for our program are the Friends of the Milton Public Library and the Milton Rotary.

Sounds awesome! How do I sign up?

Just click on the link at the top of this page and follow the directions! Each child will need to select a username and password as part of the registration process. Be sure to remember yours, although the library can help you if you forget. Going forward, click on the same link to log in to your reading records.

I've still got more questions. How do I contact the library?

Call the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957, or drop by and see us!

Teen Summer Reading Questions

Help! I loved participating in the Children's Summer Reading Program but I'm too old, what do I do?

Don’t panic! The Milton Public Library has a Teen Summer Reading Program too. Teens entering grades 7 – 12 can win prizes by logging the books they’ve read and attending library programs.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up online here 

What do I read?

Anything you want! You can read books, graphic novels, magazines, and even listed to audiobooks. Still need inspiration? Check out the recommendations on our Summer Reading site.

When does the program start and end?

The Teen Summer Reading Program begins June 23rd and ends August 31st.

More Questions?

Sounds like it’s time to get in touch with Tyler, our Teen Librarian. Send him an email at or call the library at (617) 898-4954.

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The Friends of MPL Bookshop

If you want a book that you can take home forever (without worrying about the late fee!), be sure to check out the Milton Public Library bookshop! We have books to suit every reading level and genre preference.

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