Free summer reading ideas! That’s right. School’s out (finally) but you don’t want your readers to stop reading. So we have some fun, free ideas to keep the learning happening and the brains to thinking!
#1: Scholastic Summer Reading Program
Scholastic has taken a lot of the work out for parents to get their kids to read during the summer. Their reading program goes through September 3 and includes just about all parents would need to get kids to read. Kids can read books, play games, attend weekly author events, and much more. Find this free summer reading here.
#2: Good Reads
Lots of adults use Good Reads to share and cultivate their own book lists with others. Kids can do this too! With a parent’s help they can share out their list of books they have enjoyed and find other young readers’ lists. Free children’s books can be searched and found too. I like that this site builds habits that lifelong readers use- making lists of books to be read, sharing great book titles with others. So it is really more than just a place to search out free books. Go to Good Reads here.
#3: Barnes and Noble
I believe our readers need to experience going to a real bookstore and shopping for books. But not every family can afford this and not every town has one close either. So the next best thing is to use their reading app and free ebooks! Families can search free children’s ebooks and enjoy so many different books. Go to Barnes and Noble free ebooks here.
#4: Storyline Online
Many teachers and librarians know about Storyline Online, but parents and families may not be familiar with it. Celebrity guests read and share books on this site. While our student may not be actually do all the reading because the guest reader is and we don’t get to see all the pages as they read, there IS closed captioning. So our readers can see the words on the screen and read along that way. It is a great activity for using expression and prosody, but also kids enjoy read alouds. I think we all do! Find Storyline Online here.
#5: Local Libraries
Local libraries seem obvious, but are sometimes forgotten so I couldn’t leave them off the list. If your readers’ families live in areas that have a local library be sure to mention this one too. Our local libraries are sometimes underutilized. They have lots and lots of books that can be checked out, of course, for free AND they usually have lots of special activities during the summer for our young readers. Let’s see if we can get our families to using this great resource!
Reading & Comprehension Packets
So many of you are familiar with our Reading intervention Binders: Phonics Word Work, Fluency and 6 Syllable Types. If you have these binders, the comprehension stories in the last sections are great for sending home over the summer as an easy way for parents to help students continue reading skills over the summer. We always want students to apply their skills so that it improves comprehension and understanding of what they read. So we include these texts in our binder systems to do just that. The one above is from our Blends and Digraphs phonics binder. You can get these here on our blog store or on TpT.