Summer Reading

Research shows that, over the summer, children can lose as much as ONE to THREE MONTHS of what they learned in school. ThinkTV and PBS Kids offer these free resources to beat the summer slide with fun projects, activities, and ideas that spark learning.

Explore this page to learn more!

Tips for Encouraging Young Readers

  • Be a reader yourself.
  • Set aside a consistent time each day for reading.
  • Read aloud to your reader.
  • Allow your child to choose books for summer reading.
  • Help your child select books at a comfortable level.
  • For younger children, look at letters and words as you enjoy summer activities.
  • Check out summer programs at your local public library.
  • Read a book together.
PBS Kids Reading Games

PBS Kids Reading Games

Read and play with your favorite PBS Kids characters.

Get Ready, Get Set...

Get Ready, Get Set…

From reading to geography, summer learning can take kids anywhere!

Anytime is Learning Time

Anytime is Learning Time

Explore a world of words featuring creative and non-fiction writing, family games, and word puzzles.

Encourage Summer Reading

Encourage Summer Reading

Start the summer off with these books!

REACH

REACH

A literacy initiative for Kindergarten and First Grade designed to bolster reading achieve.

PBS Kids Lab

PBS Kids Lab

Find games by skill, age, platform, or show.

Literacy Games

How to Start Playing On-the-Go Literacy Games

Find simple games that don’t require any materials — so you can play them anywhere!

Five Tips to Make Reading Fun for Your Child

Five Tips to Make Reading Fun for Your Child

Making reading fun for kids is easier than it may first seem. Here are a few ideas try this summer or all year round!

Making the Most of Reading Aloud

Making the Most of Reading Aloud

Here are six strategies to help you make the most out of story time with your child.