February 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources



Summer presents numerous learning opportunities for children and teens—in and outside of the library. For a selection of program ideas, lists of valuable resources and recommended reading, as well as news related to summer learning, click through the links below. Don’t forget to share your own suggestions in the “comments” section. We’ll add updates to our summer learning resources page and keep you posted.


Get Ready for Endless Summer Learning

Sign Up for the Event of the Summer: SLJ TeenLive!

Bright Ideas Abound at YALSA’s Summer Learning Workshop

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

The Evolution of Summer Reading | Editorial

Libraries Included in Lawmakers’ Summer Learning Proposals

Children’s Book Council Diversity | 2016 Summer Reading List

myOn Launches Summer 2016 Reading Challenge, “Get in the Game and Read!”

ALSC 2016 Summer Reading Lists

The Seventh Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest

Buckle Up! The Best YA Road Trip Books

10 New YA Books to Read This Summer

The Ultimate YA Summer Reading List

Resources for Summer Fiction Reading Lists JLG’s Booktalks to Go



Summer Reading and the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap

Nashville Public Library Reinvents Its Summer Reading Model, Sees Early Success

LRNG Offers Summer Connected Learning Grants

How To Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program

National Summer Learning Association

SLJ’s Summer Reading Resources 2015 and 2014 are brimming with additional resources. Don’t miss them. Good ideas never go out of style.

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Facts Matter: Information Literacy for the Real World
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  1. Thank you for providing a list of great resources for children. Could you add LessonBuzz to this?

    I have spent three years in the writing and developing of LessonBuzz, a K-6 Literacy program for iPads.

    I have written 200 original pieces for children across the K-6 levels, all appropriate for age and ability. They are humorous, informative and biographical.

    Best wishes for Summer reading,

    Marie Cullen