Best Summer Reading Events For Kids In South Florida

May 31, 2013 8:00 AM

School is out and the last thing that parents want is for their children to forget everything they learned in school this year. That’s why South Florida offers many options for children interested in reading. South Florida libraries have plenty of programs designed to fit any skill level and any age range. Alternatively, you can head to your local bookstore and meet your favorite author. The options are only limited by your imagination and your busy schedule.

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Miami Dade Public Library

101 W. Flager St.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-2665
Date: June 7, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Miami Dade Public Library Systems offers a Summer Reading Program for children. This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading!” Most of the Miami-Dade branches carry this nationwide program and they have either their registration or kickoff on June 7th or 8th. The California Club branch, in particular, has a celebration to commemorate the start of the program featuring stories and crafts. Some the books featured involve interactive corresponding activities like doing arts and crafts featured in one of the assigned book or kids can watch video interviews of the author discussing their book.

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Summer Crush Tour with Sara Shepard, Katie Sise and Sarah Strohmeyer

Books and Books Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 442-4408
Date: June 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Like OMG teen queens, it’s time to scream. Sara Shepard, author of “Pretty Little Liars,” Katie Sise, fashionista and author of “Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide For Turning Talent and Creativity Into A Real Career” and Sarah Strohmeyer, author of “The Cinderella Pact,” are coming to town for a book signing you can’t miss. Shepard will be signing the 13th installment of her of “Pretty Little Liars” series while Strohmeyer will be promoting her first teen novel called “How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True.” It’s triple the fun and an opportunity to meet the mind behind your favorite teen novels.

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Summer Reading Program

Broward County Libraries
Various Locations Across Broward County
Dania Beach, FL 33004
(954) 357-7073
www.browardcountylibrary.orgDate: July 7 to August 4

Like Miami-Dade County, Broward County also offers the “Dig Into Reading!” summer program, but its list of events is extensive. At various Broward locations, children ages five to 12 can participate in the “Wag and Tales” program where children read aloud to dogs provided by the Humane Society. Children can also participate in “Mother Goose Storytime” with advance registration. There are also events for teen and children of any age. Times and dates vary depending on location.

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Fierce Reads Tour with Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Emmy Laybourne and Gennifer Albin

Books and Books Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 442-4408 Date: June 12, 2013 at 7 p.m.

If you are a teen or have a teen that’s interested in otherworldly reads, then this event is for you. Teens get to meet the authors Anne Banks (“Of Triton”), Leigh Bardugo (author of “Siege and Storm,” the follow-up to “Shadow and Bone”), Jessica Brody (“Unremembered”), Emmy Laybourne (“Monument 14” series) and newcomer Gennifer Albin who is debuting her book, “Crewel.” This is more of an event for the Twilight crowd, but you might see a boy or two in attendance. Be sure to line up early to reserve your spot and get a glimpse of your favorite authors.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years.In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at

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