7 Free Reading Websites to Encourage Summer Reading Habits in Kids

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The long-awaited summer break is here. What better way to occupy your kids than to encourage them to cultivate reading habits? In this post, we shall discuss why it is so important for kids to practice summer reading. In honor of National Children’s Day, we have also made a list of 7 Websites with FREE reading resources. 

Importance of Summer Reading

Have you already heard of the concept of Summer Slide? Summer Slide, or Summer Learning Loss, is a term used to describe academic regression in students due to a gap in learning during the summer months. After already having survived a rocky year punctuated with online classes and staying indoors, this is a concern for many parents and educators alike.  

Summer reading and comprehension, along with other activities can help in the following ways: 

  • Engaging Students in Summer

    While Summer is the time for fun, children need to take a break from video games and television. All parents must be used to the words “I’m bored!” every child inevitably uses within a few days of summer break. Allowing children to choose when and what they read gives them some control over how they spend their time in summer. Parents can show them that reading can also be an enjoyable outdoor family activity.

  • Developing Reading Habits  

    Reading is key to nurturing a child’s imagination – be it through comic-style books, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, or young adult novels. The wonderful thing about books is that there is something for every child’s taste. Developing reading habits also helps for further studies.  

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  • Encouraging Understanding

    Educators can assign summer reading and check-in periodically via existing teacher platforms to check if students are understanding and retaining what they read, as it is quite common among kids to forget what they have been reading. This can be done through quizzes or interactive games like the ones from a free website listed below. Doing this ensures they are well-prepared for the next academic year and reduces any summer slide!

  • General Knowledge

    Reading is known to increase general knowledge, grammar, and pronunciation. Try reading aloud or books with lots of pictures to introduce reading to your kids. Gradually let them decide what piques their interest by joining your local library and enrolling them in a summer reading program.

  • Bridging the gap

     Summer reading helps bridge the gap between two grades, by helping students practice what they have learned and preparing them for what is to come. Most online or physical summer reading programs are designed for kids to enjoy reading as an activity while boosting their comprehension skills.

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Free Websites for Reading

We know as parents and educators; you are always on the lookout for free resources to help your children/ students learn better. Therefore, we at BoardShare compiled a list of 7 of our favorite free websites for reading to make this summer a fun, productive one! 

1)   Bookshare 
Bookshare is an e-book library that makes reading accessible for people who experience barriers to reading printed materials. Free for qualifying students and schools! 

2)   Epic! 
Epic is free for educators and offers a free trial period for families. The platform boasts a collection of 40,000+ books for kids aged 12 and under. 

3)   Commonlit 
Commonlit, a non-profit, has free reading activities and digital tools for at-home learning. Teachers, parents, and guardians can create a free account to access their library or resources. 

4)   Reading Rockets  
Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Access free resources specifically curated for struggling readers, and books organized by topic. 

5)   Scholastic
Besides the free teacher resources Scholastic’s website offers, you can also join their free summer reading program, and take part in various activities and webinars. 

6)   Storyline Online 
Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children's books. Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo or SchoolTube. 

7)   Starfall 
Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. They have several free projectable books, interactive lessons, and activities for young readers. 

Let us know which of these websites your children or students enjoy the most! 

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