Welcome to Summer Reading 2017 for parents and families!

Why Summer Reading Matters

When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. The free summer programs at your public library will help your child keep reading while having fun all summer long.

Research has shown that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes, and that even reading for simple summer enjoyment helps children with literacy skills, while helping prevent learning losses.

“Summer Reading at New York Libraries gives teachers and parents a proven learning tool that engages and excites youngsters as it raises literacy levels,” said New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner. “This is a critically important experience that keeps children learning—and engaged in the wonderful act of reading—even when the school year is over.”

Summer reading programs make educational reading activities fun and appealing to young people. The New York State Library coordinates the program and works with the 23 public library systems throughout the state by providing a summer reading theme, promotional materials, a creative idea manual, and state-level support.

More Resources

Help your kids succeed in school! / 10 Easy Ways to Get Children to Read This Summer (PDF)

Easy Ways to Grow a Great Reader (early literacy tips for parents)  also available in traditional Chinese and Spanish (PDF)

Teen Reading Guide for Parents and Caregivers by YALSA in English and Spanish.

Summer Fun from PBS Parents PBS kids has great information that parents can use year round. During the summer months they have additional resources about the wonderful world of summertime reading.

American Library Association Notable books and resources for children

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