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Keep your kids reading this summer

Posted on May 7, 2019

summer reading with sun and book

Here are a few resources to help your students retain all the reading progress they’ve made in school this year. Reading over the summer – even just 15 minutes a day – can help students start in the fall ready to learn, instead of losing reading skills. 

Summer reading lists:

  • For tweens (ages 9-12) – with many current themes, such as bullying and gender identity, along with social anxiety, OCD and good old friendship.
  • For ages 6-8 – a full list of books for growing readers


Multnomah County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge 2019

This year, all of our students will receive a Multnomah County Library Summer Reading game board before summer vacation begins. Students mark the days they read, are read to or listen to audiobooks. They can earn books, T-shirts and other great prizes. Learn more at

Lake Oswego Public Library Summer Reading Challenge 2019

From June 1–Aug. 31, independent readers entering up to 6th grade are encouraged to

read for 20 minutes (or more) for 25 days this summer to earn a free book and lots of prizes, in addition to keeping their brain healthy for next year. Parents can sign up in the Lake Oswego Library’s children’s room to get a reading log for their students. There’s also a teen reading challenge for those entering 7th-12th grade. Learn more.

Newsela Summer Reading Collection

This summer, Newsela is hosting a challenge both students and teachers can take part in to help their schools win prizes. To earn points throughout the summer, students can read articles about their favorite topics and teachers can complete virtual professional learning options. Access to the Summer Reading Collection starts June 1. The more students interact with the articles, the more points they’ll earn toward their school’s total.