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Attention Early Childhood Providers!

Join the Super Reader Squad this summer at the Milwaukee Public Library.
It’s fun, free, and easy!

Encourage daily reading all summer in every classroom to help kids build important literacy skills. 

First, register all your classrooms!
  • Hang up a poster in each classroom
  • Encourage your teachers to track their reading for great prizes.
  • Teachers color in a space every time their group reads for 30 minutes.
    • It’s okay to split the reading into shorter 15-minute sessions. Just read every day!
  • Kids can read by themselves, read to each other, or listen to someone read.
  • Prizes are earned after 5 hours, 10, hours, and 15 hours of reading.
    • Teachers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can earn three new books for their classroom. School-age kids can earn coupons to area attractions and a new book!

Attention Family Child Care Providers!

Your program can join the Super Reader Squad and earn prizes, too. You can track all your students with one poster. Talk with library staff at your nearest branch about which prizes you would earn. Create a habit of daily reading!

You’re never too young to be a Super Reader!

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers should participate, too. Singing, rhyming, looking at pictures, playing with books, listening to a story…it all helps young children get ready to read.

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Summer Reading makes a huge difference when children go back to school!

Children can lose up to 3 months in reading skills over the summer. This loss can add up, leaving some children years behind as they get older.

  • Children who read over the summer do better in school.
  • Children as young as infants should be read to by a parent or caregiver.
  • Children learn more when they do more, so our Summer Reading program has hundreds of free in-library events all summer.
  • Libraries have free books and computers for use and comfortable places to relax and read.
  • Library staff is dedicated to motivating children to read.

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors:

Brewers Community Foundation
Ralph Evinrude Foundation, Inc.
Stella H. Jones Foundation
We Energies Foundation
Bader Philanthropies
Anon Charitable Trust
Gustav and Gladys Kindt Foundation
Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation, Inc.

Special Thanks to Our Coupon Sponsors:

Thank you to our generous coupon sponsors for providing
free or reduced admission to great Milwaukee destinations!

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Cousins Subs
Festival City Symphony
First Stage Children's Theater
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Ballet
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee County Parks
Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee Public Museum
Pettit National Ice Center
Pizza Hut
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Wisconsin State Fair