It’s not too late for planning summer events.

I’m not sure how it is where you live. Our kids have been out of school for a few weeks here. If the boredom has set in already for them, it will likely remain for the remainder of the summer. If you haven’t planned summer activities for kids, it’s not too late. Here are a few options to consider.


Camp-Workman-logoSeveral years ago, Workman Publishing created Camp Workman, a collection of hands-on activities for kids inspired by and pulled from their list of activity-filled books. The program includes camp-themed easel, books and event materials. The beauty of this program is you can schedule in whatever time frame works for your bookstore, whether it’s every day for a week or every Saturday in July. You pick the activities. You pick the level of involvement. You pick the fun.

For more information, contact jessica@workman.com or visit the Camp Workman site here.


Summer’s a great time to start book clubs for young readers, too.

The King’s English in Salt Lake City, UT, has a new Young Adult Lit Book Club. Their first meeting is in June and they’ll be discussing Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. July’s book is The End Or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis.

They also offer Children’s Summer Book Clubs on Wednesdays between June 11th and July 16th for the following age groups:

  • Grades Pre-K/K
  • Grades 1-2
  • Grades 3-4
  • Grades 5-6
  • Young Adult

The cost is $50 per child, and although a book purchase is not required, summer reading books may be purchased at a discount. The groups each meet for 55 minutes and are led by a combination of certified teachers and enthusiastic staff.

“We include the YA crowd in summer reading for the same reasons we advocate for the younger kids,” said Margaret Brennan Neville, Kids’ and YA Manager. “Reading is FUN and why stop when school gets out?!”

To see what the groups are reading, visit the Children’s Summer Book Clubs page here.


{pages} in Manhattan Beach, CA, also started a Teen Book Club. Their first two selections are The Fault in our Stars by John Green and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Even though it’s beginning for the summer, Margot Farris, one of the bookstore owners, said, “We plan to keep it all year and hopefully get it going so that we can have more of an outlet for YA author events.”


Village Books in Bellingham, WA, along with a variety of co-sponsors, is presenting Write On!: Teen Writing Conference. This is the second year they’ve offered the conference for teens looking for advice and ideas to hone their writing skills.

The full day event offers a variety of writing-related hands-on experiences, as well as keynote addresses and individual critique sessions and the day concludes with an open mic event.

Find more information about how they conduct the event here.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay