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Red Balloon Summer Reading Challenge!

The Red Balloon Bookshop Summer Reading Challenge!

Starting on Grand Old Day / Sunday, June 2, stop in the store to collect your bingo sheets for the Summer Reading Challenge! Drop them off between June 15 and August 31 to collect prizes.

Summer Reading Rules

As you read, fill in each square with the title of a book that matches the category. Each box should have a different title, so if a book matches multiple categories, just pick which one you want to use it for.

When you complete a bingo, stop by the store to show us your worksheet and pick up your prizes! A bingo counts as any four consecutive squares (diagonals count). You can also wait to turn in your bingo sheet until you have completed all of the challenges, including the blackout. Fill out the summer reading reflection questions on the second sheet to claim your blackout prize!

Drop off your bingo sheet anytime between June 15 and Labor Day weekend (Sunday, September 1) to earn a prize.

Summer Reading Prizes:

Youth Prize:
Bingo: A visit to the Red Balloon treasure chest for a special prize!

Blackout: A Red Balloon prize pack that includes coupons to participating Grand Avenue business partners including a coupon to Red Balloon Bookshop and an exclusive summer reading sticker, OR your choice of a free advance reader's copy!

Adult Prize:
Blackout: Your choice of a free advance reader's copy (ARC) of a book and a chance to win a $30 Red Balloon gift card!

Looking for great books to suit a summer reading category? Click on the box below for ideas!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose which books to read?
We encourage finding books by queer, disabled, and/or BIPOC authors; otherwise it’s up to you! Having trouble with a particular category? Visit our book suggestions page for ideas!

Who can participate in the reading challenge?
Anyone! If you’re reading independently, boxes should be filled in with books you’ve ready by yourself. If you’re still learning to read, fill in boxes with books you’ve read with a family member or friend. 

Should books be fiction or nonfiction?
All categories can be filled by either except “read a biography or autobiography."

What counts as a Red Balloon recommendation?
Great question! Our recommendations could be anything from our newsletter, on our book recommendations page here, or a book that has a shelf talker in our store! You can also ask a bookseller in person about some of their favorites when you visit.

Do audiobooks count? What about graphic novels?
Yes and yes! Books can be in any format to qualify, as long as they match the other criteria. We recommend for audiobooks that support indie bookstores like us!

Can I use the same book for multiple boxes?
Nope! The goal is to read lots of books you might not read otherwise, so each box needs to be filled with its own book title.

I have more questions!
You can contact us at and we'll get back to you with answers as soon as we can.

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