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Summer Reading

Summer Reading for Success

Students who read more, know more. By the ninth grade, students should know about 88,000 words! Wide and varied reading is the best way to learn vocabulary!  Wide and varied reading means all kinds of text: magazines, how to manuals, poetry, picture books, news articles, novels and more. Research has shown that year round reading closes the gap between success and struggle. Check out the resources on this page to keep your family reading all year long!

Links to Literacy

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program -earn a free book!


Children's Storybooks Online


Newsela non-fiction text for grades 2-12


New York Times Learning Network for teenagers


One More Story  the best picture books read anytime anywhere


Reading is Fundamental Resources


Reading Rockets Reading Tips for Parents


Science News for Students

Shorter news stories and longer features, all written with a vocabulary and sentence structure aimed at readers 9 to 14 years old

West Florida Public Library Children's Programs

Family Read Alouds

Repeated reading is a technique for building fluency. Fluency is an important part of reading because when we can read words automatically, we can spend more brain power thinking about what we are reading. When we understand what we are reading, we can add expression to make the reading fun for ourselves and our listeners. We know when to pause for dramatic effect, how to group phrases so that long sentences make sense, and how to speed up or slow down for excitement or suspense. We get better with practice. Here are some tips and strategies for your family read aloud practice. 


Reading aloud to children

Fluency record sheet

Read Aloud to Build Fluency

K-2 Parent Resources

Grade 1 and 2 family activities

Sight Words  printable sight word cards and activities

Vocabulary Vocabulary flash card games


Phonemic Awareness Activities

Raising Readers

PALS Grocery Store Activity

Kindergarten Phonemic Awareness Lesson

Model Reading Lessons


One of the best things parents can do to reinforce phonemic awareness is to read aloud every day with children.

Check out this Phonemic Awareness Booklist

41,623 Special Edition Library Cards Issued to Escambia Students


West Florida Public Libraries and the Escambia County School District are teaming up to ensure every student in Escambia County will receive a special edition library card this week. The cards, which will be issued to all K-12 Escambia County School District students and homeschooled children registered with the district, have a limit of three books or audiobooks at a time with unlimited access to online resources like e-books and research databases. Student cards will not have late fees for overdue items and can be used at any West Florida Public Libraries location.


West Florida Public Libraries Youth and Adult Summer Reading Begins May 30. Keep track of time spent reading or being read to for a chance to win prizes! Click here for more information. 

Around our Community



Bratt Elementary School Free Little Libraries

Look for them in a central location in Bratt and in Century.


Global Learning Academy Innovation Center

Open to families from 9-1, Tuesday-Thursday during the month of June.


N.B. Cook Elementary click here for an incoming 4th grade reading assignment.

Sunshine State Young Readers book list.


O.J. Semmes Innovation Center

Open Monday - Thursday, June 5 - 29, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

O.J. Semmes students are encouraged to come check out books for summer reading!


Pine Meadow Elementary School Innovation Center

Open Wednesdays in July from 10:00-5:00.

Open 4:00-7:00 on August 2nd and August 9th.

Students, parents, and the community are encouraged to come check out our student library, professional library, parent library, and makerspaces. We will be participating in Scholastic's Summer Reading Program which begins on May 8. 

Neighborhood Free Little Libraries

Free little libraries are "book swaps." If you take a book, then return a book. 

Look to see if there is a registered free little library in your area



Just Read, Florida!

2017 Summer Literacy Adventure
Click here for ways to support summer reading from Florida's First Lady, Ann Scott.

"Ready to pick a book, Set to read every day, Read this summer for Success next year!"


Just Read, Families! 

More resources from Just Read, Florida

ELA Parent Page

Click here for more ways families can support their students all year long!

Places to Get Book Recommendations