Books & Authors: Our 2015 Big Summer Booklist | Our favorite audio books | Video interview with Marla Frazee | Books about oceans | Favorite characters in children's literature
Ideas for Educators: Summer learning opportunities for teachers from Reading Rockets, Edutopia, and AFT's Share My Lesson
Ideas for Parents: Bug hunts and bee books | Fluent kids | Supercharge summer learning for kids with LD
Research & News: Accessible Playgrounds, Laundromats Focus of Early-Literacy Effort | Study: The serious value of reading for fun | Out of the Classroom and Into the Woods | Try reading this font and you'll better understand what dyslexia is like
In Focus: Read. Talk. Explore. Write … All Summer Long
Parents and summer program staff: looking for ways to bring more science into your summer learning activities? We've got some cool ideas for warm summer days. Browse our science-themed activity packs that combine great books with easy hands-on activities — plus recommendations for kid-friendly websites and awesome apps to extend the learning. Ready to print and go! See activities >
Help your child learn to think like a scientist while reading, exploring and engaging in simple hands-on activities. We've created 18 tip sheets (in English and Spanish) to inspire scientific exploration! Learn more >
Give kids a chance to exercise different kinds of writing muscles this summer — from poetry to nature journals to persuasive writing. These kid-tested writing activities are perfect for at home or as a group activity with camp friends or neighbors. See writing activities >
The National Summer Learning Association is asking everyone — programs, families, schools, educators, policymakers, businesses — to make summer a season of learning by pledging to #KeepKidsLearning on their interactive map. Get involved >
Take a summer reading journey to Paris, Provence, Zimbabwe, the beach, Market Street and more! Our children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, carefully chose each book — to keep your child reading (and listening) all summer long. The age-leveled lists are ready to print and take to your local library or bookstore. Big Summer Booklist >
Author and illustrator Marla Frazee creates her wonderfully whimsical picture books in a cozy backyard studio shaded by an avocado tree. She's wanted to be a children's book illustrator since she was a little kid and first discovered the incredible magic of the page turn (thank you, Maurice Sendak). Meet the artist who imagined Clementine, invited us on a thrilling roller coaster ride, and gave us a funny, true look at the best summer vacation ever. Watch interview >
Explore the ocean ecosystem, the magical qualities of water, and the fantastic variety of sea creatures in the pages of these picture books. Dive into stories about sea monsters, a family day at the beach, creatures that call the ocean "home" and more. See booklist >
"If you read enough books, you are guaranteed to find characters who are going to leave their mark on you. We think about the things they have done and said. We wonder about them. And they never really leave us. Who are the characters that have stayed with you? Share your answer with us in the comments!" See favorites >
Teachers: This summer, refresh your knowledge about reading instruction anywhere, anytime with our Watch & Learn podcasts. The video podcasts feature 'best-of' excerpts from our award-winning PBS Launching Young Readers series, covering a wide range of topics: print awareness, spelling patterns, fluency, comprehension, writing, and more. Download podcasts from iTunes >
Join our parent blogger Carol Shen and her kids Addie and Taylor as they explore the amazing world of bugs. All you need is a net, a bug-catching jar, plenty of curiosity (and bug books, of course). See blog post >
Did you know that June 15-21 is National Pollinator Week? Celebrate the bees, birds, butterflies, and bats that keep our ecosystems healthy.
Summer is a great time to practice fluency skills — while having fun. Try "buddy" reading with your child, or round up some neighborhood kids and stage a Reader's Theater event. And don't forget the audio books — a great way to expose kids to beautifully fluent reading. We even have a few ideas for how to create your own audio books. Fluent kids >
Summer is just around the corner, and that means a well-deserved break from school for your child with learning and attention issues. But as your family enjoys the time off, be aware of the "summer slide" the one to three months of learning some kids lose over the summer. From tech tips to summer camp advice to book lists, we've got the best resources to keep learning alive and fun for your child this summer.
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