Summer vacation does not have to mean a vacation from reading! The summer months are a great time to expand your child’s literary world, teach them to enjoy reading for pleasure, help sharpen school skills and bridge the gap between school years. There are also many programs available to reward your reader this summer! In addition to this comprehensive list of reading programs to get your kids into books this summer, Oklahoma City is packed with storytimes to keep kids engaged and entertained. Consult this list of metro storytimes to find one happening near you and be sure to check out the storytimes our readers think are top notch.
(last updated April 25, 2023)
Wonderopolis offers summer learning fun through a variety of activities that can be done at home, at the library and beyond.
ReadOKC issues a challenge for elementary students in the Oklahoma City Public School district to read at least 20 minutes a day. Those who meet the goal receive a medal, and top readers and schools earn other prizes.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge– a FREE online program designed to motivate and excite kids to read this summer. Kids can log reading minutes, complete challenges, play games, earn virtual rewards and win prizes for their participation.
Camp BOOK IT!– Parents with students in PreK-6th grade (ages 4-12) can enroll in a reading program created to stop the summer slide. In June, July and August, parents can use digital tools to track and reward their kids reading with a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza®.
Half Price Books Summer Reading Camp – Find book recommendations and activities that inspire reading adventures all summer long.
Thunder Reading Challenge – The Thunder Reading Challenge, presented by American Fidelity Assurance Company, encourages kids in kindergarten through fifth grade to read 20 minutes each day, or 600 minutes total, for a chance to win a Thunder prize pack and be eligible for a custom Thunder jersey.
Looking for even more ideas to encourage summer reading, check out this list of fun ways to prevent summer slide.