Summer reading

Summer offers kids lots of opportunities to discover new interests, new books, and the pure pleasure of reading just for fun. Summer is also a great time for hands-on explorations that connect kids to what they're reading — that helps build background knowledge and ensures that children are ready for the challenges of the new school year. Find more resources and ideas in our Summer Reading calendar section.

Featured partner: Start with a Book, our companion website about summer reading and learning. Start with a Book provides 24 kid-friendly topics matched with great books, activities, and writing ideas, plus tips on reading aloud and building fluency. You'll also find lots of STEM resources!

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

Explore ways to create a literacy-rich summer for kids, including struggling learners.

Professional Development Webcasts

Listen, watch, and learn from top experts in these engaging roundtable discussions. Each webcast features a 60–minute video as well as recommended readings and suggested discussion questions.

Additional Resources We Recommend

The Wallace Foundation
"Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them." —

Arnold Lobel