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Wild adventures can ignite in the imagination of a child through summer reading programs. Transported to outer space or a tropical island, under the sea or aboard a pirate ship, reading programs throughout Denver are helping to instill a love of all things literary in the youth of Colorado. We bring you the top summer reading events for kids in Denver.

Denver Public Library
10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-1111

Registration runs June 3rd until July 27th for this free reading program by Denver Public Library.  With free entertainment, activities and, of course, reading, the summer-long program will have your youngster devouring books in the heart of Denver. The “Dig Into Reading” program for 2013 is themed for various age groups, including “Read with Me” for birth to preschool, “Dig Into Reading” for kids K-5th grade and “Beneath the Surface” for teens in 6th-12th grades. Additional information can be found at

Barnes & Noble
960 S. Colorado Blvd.
Glendale, CO 80246
(303) 691-2998

From cozy nooks and alcoves to a free book upon completion of the reading schedule, Barnes & Nobles across the country are participating in this summer reading program. Upon completion of reading eight books, kids are offered a free book from the selection offered by Barnes & Noble. Separated into appropriate grades, familiar titles such as “The Adventures of Captain Underpants,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” can be your child’s to keep for their own book collection.

Regis University
Various Locations
(800) 964-8888

Taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development, this reading program teaches skills for a wide variety of ages. Focusing on independence in reading, the course develops skills and confidence aimed at each age group. From learning phonics, learning sight words and developing a love for reading, four-year-olds to adults can enjoy these programs with comprehensive study into the joy of reading. Programs are available throughout Colorado in areas such as Aurora, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver, Littleton, Fort Collins and other locations.

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Pizza Hut’s Book It

What’s better than enjoying a well-deserved pizza to celebrate a wonderful collection of recently read books? Pizza Hut is partnering with the Wimpy Kid franchise to help launch the campaign to “Read Your Heart Out” for 2012-2013. The program has been helping kids learn to love to read for the last 27 years and continues to provide the personal challenge for generations of young readers. Altering the perspective from having to read to wanting to read, the program reaches more than 14 million students in 38,000 elementary classrooms annually. Kids who meet their monthly reading goal receive a personal pan pizza and stickers in Book It! Passports to track their success.

Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair
Denver Merchandise Mart and Expo Hall
451 E. 58th Ave.
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 234-7829

Date: Aug. 2-3, 2013

With the newly acquired love for reading, your kids may want to stock up on their own library. The 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair is a perfect place to pick up books for your kids, as well as something for yourself. Specializing in rare and collectible books, this fair is the largest of its kind between Chicago and California and an annual celebration of literary works. From books and antique posters, vintage maps and art prints, the fair is not to be missed with over 70 of the nation’s most prestigious dealers in attendance.

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