The long, lazy days of summer offer kids lots of opportunities to discover new books and the fun of reading. See the articles below to find out about summer reading programs, summer learning loss, and cool activities to do together. Please also see our summer reading section in the literacy calendar.
National Summer Learning Association
Our shows on PBS
Professional development webcasts
- Start with a Book: 24 kid-friendly themes, hundreds of recommended books, hands-on activities, fluency tips, and much more.
In our blogs
Sound It Out
- Summer reading incentive programs
- Summer reading lists
- How do you hear about great new kids' books?
- Is access to books enough? Nope.
- Access to summer reading
Page by Page
- Sure signs of summer: watermelon and weather
- No screen required
- The fun begins at summer camp
- Keep 'em laughing all summer long
- Vacation time, with books!
The Common Core Classroom
Connected: Digital Literacy for Generation Z
- Engaging Family and Community in Afterschool and Summer Programs
- Summer Reading Loss
- Effective Out-of-School Time Reading Programs
- On Summer Loss
- Summertime and the Learning Is Easy
- Finding a Great Summer Program: A Checklist for Parents
- Use Summer Fun to Build Background Knowledge
- Summer Reading: English Language Learners at the Library
- Strategies for Summer Reading for Children with Dyslexia
For teachers and librarians
- Get Ready for Summer! Ideas for Teachers to Share with Families
- Lost Summers: Few Books and Few Opportunities to Read
- Making a Splash With Summer Reading
Download and print
- Summer Literacy Challenge!
- Reading Adventure Pack: Cooking
- Beat the Heat with Your Weather Page
- Book Swap for Kids
- Reading Adventure Packs for Families
- Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children's Learning
- Time Well Spent: Eight Powerful Practices of Successful, Expanded-Time Schools
- The Learning Season: The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement