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2019 Summer Reading

Summer Reading Bingo!

It's almost time for another summer reading challenge! We're doing bingo again, with some new challenges and some old ones.
Check back soon to download the bingo sheet or stop in to the store on Grand Old Day to pick one up!

Save the date for our summer reading kick-off on Grand Old Day, Sunday, June 2!



Summer Reading Art Contest

If you're in Kindergarten through 12th grade, submit your bookmark design for a chance to win fame, recognition, and a $25 Red Balloon gift card!

During (most of) the month of April, Red Balloon is accepting entries in our summer reading bookmark design art contest! If you're a school-aged kid or teen, help us create one of the prizes for our summer reading bingo challenge by designing an amazing new bookmark! The winning bookmarks will be professionally printed and given out, and all entries will be displayed in the downstairs art gallery (aka our party room) on Grand Old Day! Use the worksheet below to get started (and make sure to read the rules!).

Summer Reading Art Contest Worksheet


Contest Rules

  • Entries must be submitted between April 2 and April 27, 2019 (Independent Bookstore Day).
  • Only one contest entry per person. Submissions must be 7.25 inches by 2.25 inches. We recommend you use the worksheet provided above. The edges will be trimmed when the bookmark is printed, so please keep anything important to the middle of the design (indicated by the pointer lines on the worksheet). The design can be either horizontal or vertical. 
  • Include the following information (also available on the worksheet) with every entry: name, grade, age, phone number, zip code, school, parent agreement, and signed statement that the work is original. Entries without this information will be disqualified.
  • All artwork must be original and any quoted text must be credited to the author. Entries with inappropriate content will be disqualified.
  • Entries will be accepted either at Red Balloon Bookshop or by email at Email entries should be high-resolution scans or digitally-created images.
  • One winner will be selected in each of the age groups: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through twelfth grade. The winners will receive a $25 dollar gift card to Red Balloon. The winning bookmarks will be professionally printed and given out at the counter and as Summer Reading prizes.
  • All entries will be displayed in the downstairs art gallery (party room) on Grand Old Day: June 1, 2019.