Summer Reading Resources


Encourage your child to choose different kinds (genres) of books, based on things he or she is interested in. A child who likes baseball could read a biography of Jackie Robinson, a non-fiction history of the Boston Red Sox, a book of sports-related world records and a novel about a student athlete. Choose books from a variety of authors and cultures. Reading diverse books will allow your child to broaden his or her perspective and get a glimpse into other cultures and places.

Listening to stories counts! All children love to be read to, no matter their age. Audiobooks can be checked out from the library to be listened to through headphones or while your family travels by car.

Have a book swap! In addition to bookstores and libraries, most youth programs and childcare centers have a library that features donated books, where students can check out books or read while they’re at the program. Thrift stores often have inexpensive books for sale, and it can be fun to host a book swap with kids from your neighborhood.

Read the book then watch the movie. Choose a movie or two to watch this summer that is based on a book you’ve read with your child. This is an effective way to encourage your child to think critically about how a book may be interpreted in different ways. Discuss with your child the similarities and differences of the characters and plot. Was the movie a good portrayal of the book and why? Which did you enjoy more and why?


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