Summer Reading is just about to start! I suppose one could say that “spring reading” is about to give over to “summer reading”. Certainly, the reading never stops around here! If you enjoy making kids’ summer reading special I hope you find this summer reading list of books, literacy resources, activities and tips useful.
There is something so wonderful about reading on hot, lazy days. Do you and the kids participate in a summer reading program? Do you like to plan out your reading in advance, or do you just play it by ear?
Summer Reading Lists
- Chapter books for kids ages 7-10
- Chapter books to read aloud
- Chapter books for kids ages 8-12
- Picture books to read aloud
- Nonfiction for kids ages 8-12
- Index of themed and leveled book lists.
- New York Public Library: 100 great children’s books
- Brooklyn Public Library: 2014 summer reading lists for kids ages 0-100
- The Horn Book: summer reading lists, divided by age
- American Library Association: Summer reading lists for K-8
- School Library Journal “Invitations to Imagination”: list for K-3
- Vintage summer reads (KC Edventures)
- Rising Kindergarten summer reading list (Pragmatic Mom – the post includes links to all her other leveled summer reading lists)
Summer Reading Activities
- The Great Library Challenge
- Library Scavenger Hunt
- Summer reading BINGO (Kidding Around Greenville)
- Guided reading topics for each day with a printable calendar (No Time For Flash Cards)
- Summer reading bucket list (No Time For Flash Cards)
- Make your own snazzy book log (Eighteen25)
- Printable summer reading kit (How Does She)
- Host a summer reading kick off party (teachmama)
- Darling printable bookmarks (Picklebums)
- 10 weeks of summer reading activities — I love this one! (Reading Rockets)
Summer Reading Programs
- The first stop should be your local public library!
- Scholastic‘s website and facebook page have book suggestions and activities.
- Pottery Barn has printables and tips
- Barnes and Noble: read books to get a free book at participating stores
Summer reading tips
- How to choose early chapter books
- How to help young children love chapter book read alouds
- Quiet reading tips (Mom with a Lesson Plan)
- How to keep summer reading fresh (teachmama)
- Tackling school reading lists during the summer (PBS Parents)
- Tips for parents (Reading Rockets)
For more ideas, as I find them, follow my Pinterest summer reading board:
Follow Erica • What Do We Do All Day?’s board Summer Reading on Pinterest.
If your kids would rather watch a YouTube video than read, show them this one: