Read & Bead

Hello and welcome to the official landing page for all things Read & Bead. New to this idea? You've come to the right place! Below are links to my blog posts as well as other helpful links.

Read & Bead FAQ

Get your questions answered here.  If you can't find the answer, please comment and I'll get back to you ASAP.  We're eager to share our experience and to help make your Summer Reading go smoothly!

Reading as its Own Reward

Visit this page for research in support of going prizeless and encouraging intrinsic motivation.  Many of the benefits of the Read & Bead program are addressed here for you to present a good case to your admins and staff.

MLS Webinar

If you're more of a visual/auditory learner, Massachusetts Library Systems hosted a webinar where I presented on Read & Bead with a colleague who tried (and loved) the program as well.

The Benefits of Beads

My very first post about the Read & Bead program.  Here you can find out how it all started with an idea (and a library supporting staff that was willing to take a chance!).

These little pieces come together to make a
BIG difference in Summer Reading!


  1. Did this once with only the "brag tags" and it got pricey- never thought to do the bead option. Will be trying this for 2020!

    1. I can see how that one might not be as budget-friendly. I hope the beads work out for you! Good luck!