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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


NY 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 Read, Write, Think Resources

Site Words  printable sight word cards and activities

Vocabulary flash card games


Phonemic Awareness Activities

Raising Readers 


PALS Grocery Store Activity 

PALS_Grocery Store Sound Shopping

Kindergarten Phonemic Awareness Lesson 

Teaching Phonemics

Model Reading Lessons 

Phonological Awareness Lessons


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

Check out this Ponemic Awareness Booklist

West Florida Public Libraries 

West Florida Public Libraries Youth and Adult Summer Reading Begins May 29. Keep track of time spent reading or being read to for a chance to win prizes! Click here for more information. Students can also access E-books and E-audio books using their library card.

Wanting to do a little research or just increase your knowledge? Check out World Book Online

Log in with your library card.

Around our Community

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

Bellview Elementary School Summer Read With a Teacher Program beginning June 11th. Check out books and participate in a teacher read aloud. Check out the school's Facebook page for more.

Sunshine State Young Readers book list.

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 

Library Map



Just Read, Florida!

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

FL DOE Reading Standards for Families

ELA Parent Page

Students Reading

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

Places to Get Book Recommendations

Ask your school if they publish a list

Scholastic Parent Book Finder

Sunshine State Books Scroll down on their page to see lists from this and past years. Find the Right Book for You

Goodreads Meet Your Next Favorite Book

New York Public Library Summer Reading packet  Recommendations from the NY Public Library and a reading calendar

Reading is Fundamental