Summer Reading

The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. The following resources and articles provide information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Plus you'll discover great activities to encourage kids to learn, read, and have fun in the summer sun. For all of our summer resources, browse Topics A-Z: Summer Reading.

Featured resources

Adventures in Summer Learning (Video)

In this episode of Launching Young Readers, learn how to create a literacy-rich summer for your kids. You'll also see profiles of summer programs for at-risk youth and children with learning disabilities.

Big Summer Read

Our Big Summer Read Booklists!

Our annual summer reading booklists make it easy to find great books kids will enjoy during the long, lazy days of summer. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and audiobooks for children 0-12 years old. Browse the 2019 Summer Booklist >

Start with a Book

Start with a Book: Read, Talk, Explore

24 kid-friendly topics matched with great books, activities, and writing ideas, plus tips on reading aloud and building fluency. You'll find lots of STEM resources, including our 5-day Space Rangers and River Rangers programs.


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Resources for teachers and librarians

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