Snohomish Book Cafe

helping kids avoid the summer slide

What is the Snohomish Book Cafe?

Partnering with the Kids Cafe, the summer meal program offered by the Snohomish School District, the Snohomish Book Cafe aims to get books into the hands of kids throughout the summer. Free books are offered weekly with kids being able to choose what they want to read throughout the summer. Books ranging from board books to chapter books, picture books to young adult books, informational books to graphic novels... all the books are free for the children to take home and read. Kids can return their books each week or keep them to love and read some more... the choice is theirs.

Keeping Brains Active

Many education researchers (Allington, McGill-Franzen, Zmach, Zeig, Camilli, Graff, and Nowak) have found that students that read consistently over summer vacation allows those students to begin school in the fall right where they left off in June. Research shows that reading as few as 5 books can keep students from sliding backwards during summer vacation. Conversely, students who do not read during summer vacation fall backwards and start school in September behind where they left off in June. This vicious cycle continues to plague struggling readers on the "9 months on & 3 months off" cycle of reading development over the years. Some readers simply never catch up. The goal of our program is to put books into the hands of kids to keep them reading throughout the summer.

Book Cafe Schedule

Begining Tuesday, June 24 and running each Tuesday through August 26, the Snohomish Book Cafe will be at the following locations:


  • 11:15 - 11:30 (Circle H Mobile Home Park)
  • 11:45 - noon (Snohomish Aquatics Center)
  • 12:30 - 12:45 (Three Rivers Mobile Home Park)
  • 1:15 - 1:30 (Snohomish Boys & Girls Club)

Thank You

The Snohomish Book Cafe has been made possible form a generous grant from the Snohomish Education Foundation as well as donations from the Snohomish community. A giant "thank you" goes out to everyone who has donated books, money, or time. Thank you for supporting literacy in our Snohomish community!

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Kids Cafe + Book Cafe = Happy & Healthy Students