Summer Reading Fun

Read ALL Summer Long!

Discover the SECRET to a LOVE of Reading!

Want to know the secret to a love of reading? CHOICE! So many parents ask me... "What if my child only wants to read ______?" If a child is actively reading a beloved series over and over... that's okay! Ask them to retell the events or describe the character. Maybe even have them draw their favorite part! If *you* can't stand to hear one more Rainbow Magic, try controlled choice, but letting the child select their reading is the #1 motivator.

The Importance of Picture Books

The perception that picture storybooks are just for babies is pervasive. But new research shared recently in this article by NPR explains how essential they are for building comprehension, vocabulary, and a love of reading. Yes, picture books are good building blocks from birth, but those same benefits last across all ages. The gist of the article is that different parts of your brain access text and images. It discusses the difference between digital and print access to stories and is worth a look!

Summer Reading is ESSENTIAL

The single home activity with the most impact on your child's academics is encouraging reading. Whether it's


  • bedtime read alouds,
  • pass-the-book shared reading,
  • a family book club,
  • a mini research project,
  • or independent reading,


your child's time with "eyes on text" is so important to maintaining the growth they made this school year. Please, expect reading this summer!

Check Out the Recommended Book Lists Below

Early Literacy for Young Children

Share a love of reading with our youngest Saints:


  • Read aloud to your child every day
  • Choose short, engaging books with sturdy pages
  • Read rhymes and sing songs as part of your daily routine
  • Show the cover and make sure to point to the pictures and words
  • Reread favorite books
  • Let your child interact with their books by turning the pages, flipping the flaps, pointing to pictures, and acting out relevant parts
  • Ask questions

Read Every Day and Anywhere

  • Read in Your Garden
  • Read Your Cereal Box during Breakfast
  • Read in the Car
  • Read at the Library
  • Read on a Train or a Plane
  • Read in Tent
  • Read on a Boat
  • Read in a Tree House
  • Read in the Pool

"Reading is one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have." ~Lloyd Alexander, author