So what makes the perfect summer book? Is it a fantasy? Or a story about a special friendship? Is it a mystery or an adventure?

We think that it’s any story that you want to read while curled up on a beach, in a hammock or under a tree!

“The Joy of Summer Reading” is the theme of this year’s KidsPost Summer Book Club. All of the books featured in this year’s club (which will kick off June 17) celebrate the freedom, freshness and fun of summer. Before we can start the club, we need your help.

Using the template on this page (or anything that is 2 by 5 inches), design a bookmark that illustrates “The Joy of Summer” theme. The winning design will be printed on the bookmarks that will be given to club members.

Here are the details:

1 Create an original design in keeping with the theme. Designs can be created using crayons, pencils, pastels, markers, paints or whatever else you want. They can also be created on the computer. A simple design done in bold colors will probably look best on a bookmark.

2 The contest is open to kids between the ages of 5 and 13. Entries must include the child’s name, age, home town, phone number and the written permission of a parent or guardian. The winner’s name, age and home town will appear on the final bookmark.

3 Submit entries to (please put “bookmark” in the subject line) or mail them to KidsPost, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.

4 All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m., May 30.

5 The winner will be announced in the June 17 edition of KidsPost.