Best Summer Reading Events For Kids In Washington DC

May 31, 2013 8:00 AM

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Reading is one of the single most powerful and transformative skills that one can exercise. It allows one to navigate through the world and, perhaps more importantly, learn about and appreciate the lives, stories and journeys of others. Getting children reading early is a wonderful thing. Here are a few upcoming reading events where children can enjoy hearing the written word and allow their imaginations to soar.

Flights Of Fancy – Stories For Children
Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum
600 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Date: Every Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Children often fantasize about being able to fly and traveling to outer space. The Air and Space Museum is a place where kids can let their imaginations take flight. At Flights of Fancy, children can enjoy stories about aviation or space exploration as they are read to by museum staff. Afterwards, they can participate in an art activity. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of historic air and spacecraft. It’s also a hub for research on the history, science and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as the study of planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. Be sure to visit the website for more information on group registration.

Storytime At The Kreeger
The Kreeger Museum
2401 Foxhall Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-3552

Date: June 5 & 19 and July 3 & 17

Museums are repositories of the history of the arts and cultures of the world. With Storytime at the Kreeger, the histories of painters, sculptors and architects are brought to life with stories about their work. The event includes a gallery tour, analysis of art from the collection and hands-on artmaking. Expand your child’s interest and appreciation for art and architecture at an early age with this program geared toward ages three to five.

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Sarah Dessen Book Reading And Signing
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 727-0321

Date: June 4 at 7 p.m.

In this book event, presented in part by independent bookstore Politics & Prose, teens can enjoy a reading and book signing by young adult and New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen. The author will discuss her latest work, “The Moon and More.” Dessen’s 11th novel takes place in the fictional beach town of Colby, a recurring location in many of her plot lines. The bestselling author of several books which include “Someone Like You,” “Just Listen” and “Along For The Ride,” Dessen’s first two novels were adapted into a major motion picture entitled “How To Deal” — which premiered in 2003. The writer’s latest release involves summer love, self-discovery and saying goodbye.

Drop-In Storytime
Tenley-Friendship Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 727-1488

Date: Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Children up to age five, along with their caregivers, can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes during Drop-In Storytime. Listen and sing along in the Tenley-Friendship Library’s new 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that offers extensive daylighting with sunscreens to filter direct sunlight and occupancy sensors that control artificial light levels. This environmentally conscious facility is equipped with a vegetative green roof, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, dual flush toilets and low-flow faucets. Nourish the minds of the children in an atmosphere that helps to preserve and maintain the environment.

Barnes & Noble Toddler Storytime
Bowie Town Center
15455 Emerald Way
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 809-1552

Date: Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Got some free time in the middle of the day and don’t know what to do with the kids? Bring them down to Barnes & Noble to enjoy a fun story read by store employee, Mrs. Dominique. There’s nothing like a good book read aloud to captivate a child’s mind and unleash their imagination. Toddler Storytime is held every Wednesday of the month and is the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to a great new book and to keep them reading for life.

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Kevin Don Porter is the author of MISSING — a mystery novel available May 7, 2013. Visit his website at

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