Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Brady, 4, kicked of the Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge Tuesday morning during a press conference at City Hall.

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If your child is looking for something to do this summer, tell him or her to grab a book and join the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild issued his reading challenge to Tucson’s kids earlier this week.

Rothschild, along with representatives from Literacy Connects and Make Way for Books, issued the challenge as an opportunity to keep school-age children engaged in the reading process during the summer break and to imbue a love of reading in younger kids.

“Research shows consistently that students often lose their reading gains from the previous school year by not spending any time over the summer reading,” Rothschild said. “If we can have students read at the grade level that they left or above then they will achieve even more the following year.”

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge is open to kids pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. To register for the challenge, visit

Kids who meet the challenge’s goals will be entered in a prize drawing in September where winners could take home a Kindle E-reader, $75 gift card at Barnes & Noble or other prizes.

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