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The Reading Bug

 785 Laurel St. San Carlos, CA 94070

Each Reading Bug Camp promises fun-filled activities, crafts, and stories.  Please remember to pack a nut free snack for your child and apply sunscreen each day of camp as we may go to the park for snack time. All children attending camp MUST be fully potty trained. 


SUPERHEROES CAMP (6/22-6/26 & 8/17-8/21)

AGES 3-5

Explore your inner-superhero and create your own superhero persona at our MOST POPULAR summer camp! Enjoy our favorite superhero stories including, Super Hairo and the Barber of Doom, Awesome Dawson, The Three Ninja Pigs, and many more! Discover your superhero identity through games, crafts, and more!


WRITING CAMP (7/6-7/10) AGES 8-12

If you have a growing imagination and love to write, this camp is just for you! Improvisation games and activities will help you find inspiration to create and develop your very own story. Learn story structure and how to revise your work. There will be homework, so be prepared to write before the first day of camp. On the last day of camp we will share our completed stories with family and friends!


SCIENCE CAMP (7/13-7/17) AGES 6-8 *NEW!*

Let’s get excited about science! This newly designed camp will spark your curiosity and stimulate your creative thinking with hands on experiments and discovery. Our goal is to capture your attention and imagination in order to develop an appreciation for the world around us.  


PRINCESSES AND FAIRIES (7/20-7/24 & 8/10-8/14) AGES 3-5

Calling all little Princesses and Fairies! This magical camp is full of fun and fit for royalty! You will get to spend the week making enchanting crafts and reading some of our favorite princess and fairy books! In order to be a proper princess you will learn manners (for fancy feasts), dancing (for beautiful balls), and music (to impress the King and Queen). At the end of camp, you can show your parents all that you have learned at a Proper Princess Performance!



AGES 5-7

Bring your imagination to life through stories! Not only will you get to listen to some of The Reading Bug’s favorite books, you will also spend time each day writing and illustrating our own story! Learn the five basics of story writing and present your work with family and friends on the last day of Camp!


COOKING CAMP (8/3-8/7) AGES 7-10 *NEW!*

Put on your chef hat and let’s get cookin’! This no heat cooking class will include two days of food related games and activities and three days of hands on cooking experience. Make your own aprons, recipe boxes, and have tons of fun learning about food!




Vinyasa Yoga for Grownups

Wednesdays at 9:30am 

Join us this and every Wednesday for a flowing (vinyasa style) yoga class with Lisa! Stretch, tone, and relax in our comfy event space. All levels welcome- no experience necessary.  Bring a yoga mat. Grown-ups only please. $100 for 10 classes or drop-in for $15 per class.


Recommended Reading:

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ISBN-13: 9780763644741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick, 8/2009
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins. Every child needs a book of fairy tales, and this one, by the creator of the Maisy series, is yummy! In each of the eight stories-- “The Little Red Hen,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “The Musicians of Bremen,” “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Enormous Turnip,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—food and eating plays a central role. For example, in “Little Red Riding Hood,” Red is taking a basket of goodies to her sick grandmother, and, of course, her granny is eaten by the wolf. In “The Enormous Turnip”, the turnip becomes a feast for all. Cousins’ colorful illustrations are so cheerful and bright that they ensure that the tales will not frighten even the youngest reader. Cousins writes of her book, “It’s brilliant to be able to pass on these stories like this, with all their drama, excitement, and comedy. They are such fun and they touch such deep emotions. My paintbrushes were practically dancing on the paper.” A great read aloud for ages 2 to 6. Candlewick.

ISBN-13: 9780810984240
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 3/2011
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Steinberg is written by Eleanor, a third grader who learns that her babysitter, Bibi, is moving away. Bibi has been Eleanor’s sitter her whole life, and Eleanor is crushed by the news. Eleanor writes; “I had a bad August. A very bad August. As bad as pickle juice on a cookie. As bad as a spiderweb on your leg. As bad as the black part of a banana.” This is a wonderful book about grief and recovery, loss and restoration, and most of all, friendship and love. If your child is dealing with bad news, or with the loss of a friend or relative, this book is an engaging conversation starter. I recommend this book, as a read aloud or a read alone, for ages 4 to 10. Amulet

Grounded (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780312570392
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Feiwel & Friends, 11/2010
Grounded by Kate Klise is an extraordinary book about family, death, grief, and the healing power of love. Twelve-year-old Daralynn is at home with her mother, grounded, when her father, brother and sister die in a plane crash. After that, everything changes. Her mother, angry and grieving, becomes the hairstylist at the local funeral home in order to make ends meet, but the arrival of a stranger named Clem, who wants to start a crematorium, threatens the funeral home’s existence as well as her mother’s job. Daralynn comes up with an idea to put the “fun” back into funeral, and the funeral home starts to offer living funerals where the honoree can participate and hear all the nice things that her friends say. Clem fires back by offering living funerals as well, and when she realizes that Clem is courting her Aunt Josie, Daralynn decides to do some research to find out whether he is a nice as he appears to be. Daralynn starts to unravel some of the mystery surrounding Clem, but no one listens to her when she tries to warn about him. In fact, no one is listening to her at all—especially her mother, who has turned inward in her grief. When Daralynn asks Josie whether her mother will be like that forever, she replies that her mother needs someone to keep her grounded—not grounded as in punishment, but “grounded like a tree.” Will Dara solve the mystery surrounding Clem? Will Dara’s mom be able to reach out and reconnect with Dara? Read this book and you will find the answers to these questions while you visit Digginsville, Missouri, population 402, and meet its quirky residents. I highly recommend this book for readers aged 9 to 12. Feiwel and Friends.

ISBN-13: 9780061962783
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Published: HarperCollins, 3/2011
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Ten-hear old Ha and her family flee Vietnam at the end of the Vietnam War and wind up in Alabama, where no one looks or talks like her. On her first day of school, she realizes that, “I’m the only/straight black hair/on olive skin.” Ha is teased for her accent and poor English, her Buddhist family is isolated and scorned, and she is bullied because she looks different from the other children in her class. At one point, Ha writes, “No one would believe me/but at times/ I would choose/ wartime in Saigon/ over/ peacetime in Alabama.” On the other hand, she experiences great kindness from others—including a neighbor whose son was killed in Vietnam. This book, written entirely in free verse, is the most beautifully written book about the immigrant experience that I have ever read. Lai asks, “How much do we know about those around us?” This book is a must for middle school children who are exploring their own identities as well as those around them. In her author’s note, Lai concludes, “I . . . hope after you finish this book that you sit close to someone you love and implore that person to tell and tell and tell their story.” It is in hearing these stories that we realize we are more alike than we are different, and that we learn to love our neighbors as ourselves. I highly recommend this book for middle school students, age 9 to 12 (and for their parents as well!) Harpercollins

The Running Dream (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780375866678
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1/2011
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen is a beautifully written book about a 16 year old runner who loses a leg when the school bus carrying the team home from a successful meet is hit by an uninsured motorist. The book begins 3 days after the accident. Jessica, who is just beginning to understand what has happened to her, begins the book with her statement, “My life is over.” The reader journeys with Jessica over the next year, as her family struggles with the neverending medical bills and the resulting lawsuits, Jessica learns how to walk again on her prosthetic leg and worries about whether she will ever be fully accepted by her classmates, and her coach challenges her team to raise money for a prosthetic that would enable Jessica to run again. Because of Jessica’s spirit, and the love and support of those around her, Jessica is able to achieve her running dream, and to help a new found friend accomplish hers as well. As noted by Booklist, Van Draanen’s extensive research into both running and amputees pays dividends—readers will truly feel what it’s like to walk (or run) a mile (or 10) in Jessica’s shoes. This is a great book for any young adult who loves a good sports novel or who may be coping with a disability. Ages 12+. Alfred A. Knopf

ISBN-13: 9780399254123
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Published: Philomel Books, 3/2011
It is easy to see why Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, first published in March 2011, is already on the New York Times bestseller list. Although the book is marketed for young adults, I highly recommend it for everyone over 11 years old. It tells the little known story of the Soviet occupation of the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Shortly after the occupation in 1939, the Kremlin prepared lists of doctors, lawyers, educators, artists, and other intellectuals who were considered anti-Soviet, charged them with crimes, and banished them and their families to Siberia. Families were herded onto cattle cars and forced to work under conditions that were clearly intended to end with their deaths.

Between Shades of Gray, narrated by 16-year old Lina, tells the story of her family. First her father, a college professor, disappears. Later, the Soviet Secret police knocks on the door of her family’s home in the middle of the night, and a tall officer tells Lina’s mother that they have 20 minutes to pack, or they won’t live to see morning. The officer throws his burning cigarette onto their living room floor, grinding it into the wood with this boot. The chapter ends, “We were about to become cigarettes.” Like The Book Thief by Martin Zusak, this Young Adult book deals with topics that are disturbing, but it is a book that we should all read. It forces us to examine the darkest aspects of human behavior, but it also reveals the beauty and the amazing resiliency of the human spirit. I started reading Between Shades of Gray on Friday night, and I didn’t put the book down until I finished on Sunday morning. This is a must-read book for ages 12+. Philomel Books.


Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:30AM - 6:30PM
Wed: 10:30AM - 7:00PM
Sun: 10:30AM - 4:30PM


Pre-K: Tues. & Thurs. at 11AM
Babies & Toddlers: Wed. at 11AM
Newborns: Fri. at 11AM
All Ages: Sat. at 11AM

Stories & Free Crafts (Ages 3+):
Sun. at 11AM