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Get Serious About Summer Reading

Use these ideas and resources to put good books into kids’ hands and connect them to vibrant summer learning adventures.
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Published: 01/28/2021

When it comes to summer, reading may not be the first thing—or even in the top 10 things—kids have in mind! But reading can be the ideal summer activity. It’s fun, portable, can involve the whole family, and will help your child academically. Use these resources to launch a summer of reading.

Summer Reading: What the Research Says

Summer Reading and Summer Activity Resources

  • Head to Start with a Book for ideas for fun and meaningful interactions around books and things of interest to kids.
  • Sign up for Camp Wonderoplis, the online summer-learning destination that’s full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics for kids and their families.
  • Check out Camp PBS Kids from PBS Parents.
  • Sign up for the Summer Reading with the BOOK IT! Program and Candlewick Press.

Ways to Challenge Kids to Read this Summer

Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids

Reading Tips

Great Web Resources to Help Raise Readers

  • AdLit.org supports the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers with multimedia information and resources.
  • Colorín Colorado provides resources for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in grades PreK-12.
  • NAEYC for Families helps parents understand how children ages 0-8 learn and offers creative learning ideas to try at home.
  • National Summer Learning Association focuses on closing the achievement gap through high-quality summer learning for all children and youth.
  • Reading Rockets offers strategies, lessons, activities and ideas designed to help young children learn to read.
  • ReadWriteThink provides access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.
  • Understood helps the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning.
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