Free summer reading resources for kids

Keep your kids reading during summer vacation, and you’ll be helping them glide smoothly into the Back to School routine in the fall. You might even instill in them a lifelong love of reading!

Let’s start with these 5 quick summer reading tips from PBS Parents:
• Bring learning tools with you on the road.
• Integrate literacy building adventures into your daily routine.
• Find educational activities you and your child can do together indoors and outdoors.
• Look for books and programs that feature your child’s favorite characters.
• Explore your local library.

Start at your library
From Calvert, to St. Mary’s to King George counties, there are summer reading programs in many neighborhood libraries. The Charles County Public Library program includes a chance for kids to win in a grand prize. Avoid the “summer slide” by signing up at your own neighborhood library. You’re sure to find great books, reading activities and events that’ll keep your kids’ reading skills sharp all summer long.

Go online
Look for free kid-friendly books and reading-focused games online to keep youngsters digitally occupied when you’re busy. Who wouldn’t like to share a long, boring “are we there yet” road trip with the Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley?

Kids who like a challenge will have fun with Scholastic’s free Reading Timer app that lets them time their reading minutes with an interactive stopwatch, track them on a weekly log, and have a chance to win cool summer prizes. They can also help set a new world record for summer reading. Last summer, Scholastic kids around the world logged over 64 million reading minutes. They want to beat that record this year!

Read and be rewarded
Is there a Pottery Barn near you? There’s still time to sign up your youngsters for the PBK Summer Reading Challenge. Kids who read all the award-winning books on recommended lists by August 22 qualify to win fun prizes.

In its Summer Reading Program, Barnes & Noble encourages kids to read any 8 recommended books and keep a reading journal to be returned to the retailer in exchange for a free book.

Read anywhere
Make reading fun, not a chore with these simple reading activities and games from PBS Parents. You’ll be supporting your child’s literacy skills at home, in the car, at the mall, or even at the doctor’s office, making everyday tasks more interesting for both of you!

Ready, kids? On your mark, get set — READ!

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