5 literary events for kids to make reading fun

Summer is just around the corner–yes, really! In fact, some suburban schools are out for summer in just two weeks. Summer can be a great time to fall in love with new books, and it’s a great time to make reading fun and exciting. There are lots of ways to make books come alive for kids this summer, including author visits and parties.

Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip

May 13, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Gregory Middle School, 2621 Springdale Circle, Naperville


The Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV pulls into Naperville with two acclaimed authors aboard: Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series, and Raina Telgemeier, author of the graphic novels “Smile and Sisters.” In addition, kids can have a blast with reading activities, animated photo stations with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Slappy from Goosebumps and “instaframes” picture stations to show off their “reading muscles.” Don’t miss giveaway tables, a prize wheel and a chance to sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program that motivates kids to read more books over the summer.

Meet Arnie the Doughnut

June 9, 4 p.m.

The Book Stall, 811 Elm St, Winnetka



After hearing Arnie the Doughnut’s original story and playing “Pin the Eyes on Arnie,” everyone’s favorite sprinkle-covered pastry will greet fans and pose for pictures. Some of Arnie’s friends will be served at the event, but kids need not worry, most doughnuts love and accept that it’s their fate to be eaten. As long as they ask permission first. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Printers Row Lit Fest

June 11-12

Historic Printers Row, South Loop


Adults don’t get to have all the literary fun–kids get in on the action at the Printers Row Lit Fest. Tickets go on sale to the public today (May 13). See R.L. Stein accept the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award at the Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, and discuss his successful career of entertaining and scaring young readers. His “Goosebumps” series has more than 400 million books in print worldwide.

There are also free events at the Lil’ Lit Park where kids (and their grown ups) can enjoy storytelling, costumed characters, performances, sing-alongs and more. No tickets are required.

The Return of The Party That Shall Not Be Named

July 30

Anderson’s Bookshops in LaGrange, Downers Grove and Naperville

Admission: $26.94

The Boy Who Lived is back, and now he’s a man. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II,” is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series that takes place 19 years after the conclusion of the original series. It will be released on July 31 (Harry’s birthday). Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville is hosting a party the night of July 30, with book distribution beginning right at midnight. There will be lots of activities, and each ticket will be coded to represent one of the four Hogwarts Houses, with bearers gaining access to special House Cup activities.

Harry Potter Party!

June 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The Book Stall


Celebrate all things Harry Potter. Learn about the new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II,” coming from Scholastic on July 31. You’ll also have a chance to build your own House crest and make a wizard’s wand. Some lucky raffle winners will take home some cool prizes, but no one will go home empty handed. Recommended for ages 8-10.

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