Summer reading is essential, and I know many of us want to turn our brains off during the summer especially if we teach all school year and want to relax with our families, but reading is critical. That is why I started making these summer reading calendars as a way to help teachers encourage families to read all summer long without too much pressure. If this is too daunting for your students, download our summer reading bucket list instead.
If we want children to be good readers, they need to SEE themselves as readers, and the only way that happens is to get books in their hands. This year I have made the calendars more diverse asking parents and caregivers to seek out more books that will spark discussions. I want to challenge you to search for more culturally diverse books, to create a more inclusive bookshelf, and consider what is missing from your current one. This isn’t my way of shaming you or making you feel like you aren’t doing enough, I am just hoping to expand everyone’s experience. I have tried to balance all kinds of topics but ultimately these are just suggestions. On the resource page linked below, I have suggested picture book titles for every prompt.
Each day you will find a fun and thoughtful prompt which you can use to inspire your reading for the day. Click the link below to download the free summer reading prompts.
Need Summer Reading Book Suggestions?
We have a whole resource page just for you. It lists my favorite picture book for each day. Of course, you can use these suggestions any day too.
My New Book
Are you a teacher? A Homeschooling parent? Do you need help teaching literacy to your preschoolers? My new book Setting The Stage for Rock-Star Readers comes out June 1st and is the perfect book for teachers that want to create a developmentally appropriate print-rich environment for children 2.5 – 5. The activities in the book work together to give teachers with and without formal ECE backgrounds ideas of how to set the stage and build a strong foundation for their literacy development.
If you are a parent looking for help supporting your child develop a life long love of reading my book Raising A Rock-Star Reader is perfect for you. You don’t have to trust me you can check out the reviews on Amazon here –> Raising A Rock-Star Reader