School’s Out, Reading Is In: Books-A-Million Launches Summer Reading Adventure Program through August 13

Annual literacy challenge motivates children to stay sharp all summer

Acclaimed Author James Patterson named 2016 summer reading program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BooksAMillion–School may be officially out for summer, but Books-A-Million
is just getting started with a stimulating reading program to keep kids
learning outside the classroom! Now Through August 13, the
bookstore chain is hosting its annual Summer Reading Adventure, a
literacy challenge designed to bolster student achievement during summer
break. With a wide selection of popular books to enjoy and a special
prize incentive for reading completion, program participants can keep
engaged, entertained and ready for a successful school year come fall.

“Numerous research studies reveal that children experience learning
losses when they don’t engage in educational activities over the summer,
which can really set them back when the school season returns,” said
Sandra Wilson, senior book buyer at Books-A-Million. “Our Summer Reading
Adventure program is a simple way to motivate kids to continue learning
and keep their brains active throughout the vacation break.”

Acclaimed Author James Patterson, who has written multiple
bestselling children’s books, has been named the 2016 ambassador for
Books-A-Million’s Summer Reading Adventure Club. The program’s reading
list features 60 popular titles for both kids and teens, including
“Jacky Ha-Ha,” “Public School Superhero,” “House of Robots,” “Treasure
Hunters,” “I Funny” and more from Patterson’s famed “Middle School” book
series. The reading list is available at all Books-A-Million stores or
online at

To participate in the summer challenge, students must read any three
books from the designated list and return a completed book log with
their parents’ signature to a Books-A-Million store location by August
13. Participants who complete the reading challenge will receive a FREE
James Patterson lunch box!

For more information about the Summer Reading Adventure, please visit


Books-A-Million, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is the second
largest chain of bookstores in the United States. Books-A-Million got
its start in 1917 as a magazine stand in Florence, Alabama and now
operates over 250 stores in the 32 states as well as an online store at
While Books-A-Million’s presence has grown, the goal has remained the
same: to serve each community with the best selection of books, toys,
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