Reading gives children the opportunity to increase their vocabulary and knowledge, no matter how old or young they are. School ended differently for children this year. Reading during the summer is important to avoid the summer slide, but it is even more important this summer because the school year ended for many in March.
Instead of a 3-month gap of brain stimulation, some children will have up to 6 months without any instruction.
While the summer reading programs may be different than in summers past due to your community’s guidelines regarding COVID-19, be sure to check out these resources to continue a summer filled with books and growth.
- Your local public library will have a listing of activities to encourage reading at the local level. Whether your library is closed for the night, for a Sunday, or for longer periods due to community health guidelines, then be sure to explore all of the free online resources you can access with your library card.
- Chuck E Cheese offers Reading Rewards for those 14 and under. This program goes through December 2020, so reading never stops.
- Half Price Books Feed Your Brain for those 14 years and under is taking their summer 2020 program online.
- The Scholastic Summer Reading Program, Read a Palooza, began May 4 and runs through September 4.
- Audiobook SYNC is geared for teens and goes through July 29. Each week, different audiobooks are released and free to download.
For many, summer 2020 will mean canceled activities, programs, camps, and trips. While things may look different in your household, be sure to encourage your children to read this summer!