Summer Reading Links

Looking forward to Summer Reading 2021 and Tails and Tales!
Updated information and materials coming soon.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries, New York State Library, Division of Library Development.  This State Library web page includes information and research on summer reading for librarians and educators.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) New York State is a member of CSLP, a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. Please create a username and password for full login access to the site. 2020 Children’s Program: Imagine Your Story

CSLP Inclusion Resources  Discover resources for your summer reading program that can serve children who are visually impaired, physically impaired, or have learning disabilities. Additional CSLP diversity information is available through the “Inclusion Resources” tab at the top of the Diversity page. Login in is required to view the full CSLP content. Any public librarian can sign up to gain access to all information and materials on the CSLP site.

Teaching Books Mulitmedia (free access is available through CSLP website login online resources about books and authors. These resources include video interviews with authors/illustrators, audio with pronunciation of author/illustrators name, contact information, etc.

Children’s books and activities: Stars, Planets and the Night SkyDo you know any kids who are fascinated by the constellations, the phases of the Moon, or what it’s like to be an astronaut? We’ve gathered up a great collection of books, activities, apps, and websites for learning all about stars, constellations, planets, and the night sky.

General Summer Reading Resources

Read Up! A free 26-page resource for Summer Food Service Program sites and other feeding sites outside of libraries, featuring easy-to-implement enrichment activities that support reading, creativity, and fun.

Summer 2020 Reimagined: This resource from CSLP includes ideas from current and past manuals that have been adapted in order to be used straight from the pages or customized for your library or program needs. It contains six weeks of content highlighting early literacy, children, teens, adults, and families. The materials are divided by age group and are designed to be distributed directly to patrons as printed packets or online in a way that works best for your library. All activities provided are intended for patrons to do at home at very low or no cost. Online access is available at A PDF version will be located on the front page of the website for easy printing and download capabilities. For a more editable version CSLP members are encouraged to sign into their CSLP account and access content from the online manuals.

This NASA site has resources and many “at home” activities for K through 12 students. Parents and educators can also browse for resources, ideas, lesson plans, etc.

ALSC School-Public Library Partnership Toolkit Both public and school libraries are community centers at heart, with the same goal: to provide a safe, welcoming environment for all patrons and access to information in a variety of formats. When public and school librarians and library workers engage in collaboration, community members reap the benefits. This toolkit includes context and suggestions for creating partnerships of all sizes.

Newspapers in Education promotional piece for Summer Reading.

Summer Reading Craft & Program ideas on Pinterest Pinterest is an amazing treasure trove of great crafts, programming & reading ideas. We’ve set up a number of Pinterest boards to share ideas. Please join and share your ideas. If you have a Pinterest account, leave a note on one of the pins, we’ll follow you back and add you as collaborator.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children 18 years and younger in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.  Learn how your library, school, or organization can be a summer meal site or sponsor.  The Summer Reading at New York Libraries partner Hunger Solutions New York  can also help. For an article about the Summer Food Service Program in libraries see Summer Meal Programming at the Library. Also check out what other states have done with bringing the Summer Food Service Program to libraries at Lunch at the Library  and Summer Food Service Program.

Young Voices of New York is a website produced by New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA) designed to provide an opportunity for young people under the age of 14 to have a forum, to increase their communication skills, review books and movies, and share ideas with other youth. Anyone is welcome to visit and read information on the site, but students who wish to post must register and provide written parental permission.

Jbrary is a blog with great storytime resources, including YouTube playlists and ideas about using puppets, music, dance, and more.

Storytime Underground is a peer community for storytime staff and includes storytime resources, Storytime University for professional development, and a place to ask questions.

Teen Summer Learning grants are sponsored by YALSA and Dollar General. There are two types of grants available: Teen Summer Learning Resources Grants and Summer Teen Intern Grants. The grants typically open in mid-September and the deadline to apply is usually January 1st.

Reading Rockets  A national multimedia educational initiative that offers extensive resources to assist children, parents, and educators with summer reading.

Diverse BookFinder:  This Database Is Filled with 1,300 Diverse Books for Kids

Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People  Presented annually by the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association. Ann M. Martin received the 2018 Empire State Award

Great Reads About Great Places Each year the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book asks each state to submit a title to be included in the “Great Reads About Great Places” reading list. The list is then included on the Discover Great Places Through Reading Map that is distributed in the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival.

Upstart Activity Guides Librarians, educators and caregivers can find a variety of activity guides from Upstart for elementary-aged children. Topics include education, environmental and entertainment activities, with some featuring popular characters from Dr. Seuss, Pete the Cat, and more.

NYS Talking Book and Braille Library
The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) is a free library service for eligible residents of upstate New York who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

The Andrew Heiskell Library provides talking books and magazines and braille for people who are blind, visually impaired, or are otherwise physically unable to read standard print. The library serves residents who live in New York City and Long Island.

American Library Association Notable books and resources for children

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