Welcome to Summer Reading 2021 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 programs make educational 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

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

New York State Library

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.