Staying actively engaged during the summer is really important for your child.
Metro Schools, along with municipal and community organizations, hosts several summer programs and activities for families. We typically update our summer program list in February.
Even if you don’t find a summer program to participate in, the best thing your child can do during the summer is read.
Research shows that children and teens read more when they see 1) Pick the books they want to read 2) See the adults in their lives reading, too. Reading just four to six books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading levels once a child returns to school.
Reading Resources for Families
Students (and adults!) can sign up for the NPL Summer Challenge to log reading hours over the summer and earn prizes when they hit certain milestones. The more they read, the more prizes they can earn! Prizes include tickets to local attractions like the Adventure Science Center, Wave Country, Climb Nashville and more. Each branch will also draw for prizes like iPad Minis and a trip to Dollywood. Mayor Megan Barry has even offered up the chance to be Student Mayor for a day!
Whether reading for school or reading for fun, Nashville Public Library’s Limitless Library program has your family covered with sizzling summer reading lists for all grade levels!
Check out popular books with your library card and download them directly to your favorite device.
Every neighborhood has one, and it’s filled with free books and fun. Find any book that strikes your interest or use the Limitless Library Summer Reading Lists for recommendations.
A variety of websites and programs for young readers, including books, encyclopedias, science and social studies and more.
Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books. Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available.
Summer reading doesn’t have to be a drag. With Kids Discover Online, kids can choose their own journey from over 1,000 visually engaging articles on any device, anywhere, at any time. Sign up for free and have your child reading in just minutes.
From The Kissing Hand read by author Audrey Wood to Pinkalicious read by Victoria Kann, Barnes and Noble’s Online Storytime has popular children’s books read out loud. While there are no supplemental materials to accompany the stories, this free site is perfect for “Listen to Reading” stations.
Discover books from around the world at the International Children’s Digital Library. The free site does not read the books aloud, but students can read them independently during Read to Self or free time. This is a great site for extension activities when learning about different regions of the world and can be used effectively into the middle school grades.
Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories. Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 6.
Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories. Students can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site. There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to “catch phrase” explanations, translating text into different languages (especially helpful for English Learners!) and more.
National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading time.
Reading Rockets provides free theme-based reading packs with fiction stories, non-fiction texts, and interactive family activities with interesting topics for children. Just download, print, and let the fun begin!
Use these coupons for fun or rewards to recognize your child’s excitement for reading. Print out these coupons (or create your own), and write in your own prizes that your child will enjoy! Award your young reader when she or he reaches milestones like reciting the alphabet, learning a new word, or reading a book.
Singing with your child is a great way to build literacy! Start with this resource from “Sing With Our Kids,” which provides free stories and songs that go with them!
Don’t know which book to read next with your child? Use the Book Finder to search for books by age group, theme, and genre. Use it to create reading lists with your kids!
These games are designed to make building reading skills more engaging for middle school students. Although the games are designed for middle school students, they are fun for all ages!
Whether you are a student or a parent, this site offers great resources related to current world news. Once you create a free account, you can adjust each article to beginner, developing, and proficient reading levels to make it more accessible to any reader. Stay informed and build literacy skills at the same time!
Starting a family book club is a great way to make sure everyone brings something to the table where literacy is concerned. Check out Scholastic’s tips on how to begin!
Not sure which book to read next? Check out reviews from other readers and rankings specific to grade level and genre on Goodreads. You can even download the Goodreads app to your Smart Phone!