Summer break has arrived for most kids, and here at The Wandering Jellyfish, we’re gearing up for our favorite kind of summer fun—reading! When I was growing up, I loved all the usual things about summer—no school, no schedule, playing outside, and swimming at the pool. But my absolute favorite thing to do was get lost in a good book.
Whether you’re like me and love spending lazy summer days reading or being more of a casual reader, we’re excited to introduce TWJ Summer Reading Bingo! How does it work? Well, it’s much like a game of regular bingo, but instead of filling in squares based on chips pulled from a bingo cage, you get to fill squares by reading books. Read a book where the author shares your name? Come into the shop to tell any staff member, and they’ll add a Squish stamp for that square on your card. What about a good ol’ classic? Another Squish stamp for your card! Once you get a full bingo, you can choose a prize from the prize bag—we’ll have bookish buttons, toys, and other fun goodies. Anyone with a “blackout” card (meaning all the squares have been stamped) will receive two extra-special prizes: an exclusive 2022 TWJ Summer Reading button and a Wandering Jellyfish Golden Ticket, which is a coupon for an in-store discount.
Each bingo card is eligible for one bingo prize and one blackout prize, but there is no limit on the number of cards you can get from us! So stop in the shop and pick your first card up today. We have one card for the younger crowd and another for independent readers (the middle grade and young adult crowd). Only books read between May 26th and August 14th will count toward the summer reading bingo cards. Prizes will be available starting June 15th, but you can get your first Squish stamp when you’ve finished the first book that fits one of the squares.
And yes, the staff will be playing here at the shop too! We’ll be posting our cards in the shop, so come check out our progress and let’s cheer each other on in our reading goals!