Summer is a time to soak up the sun and splash around in the pool, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for kids to develop their reading skills for the year ahead. In your child’s case, that might involve preparing for a big milestone like beginning preschool or kindergarten.
Reading books out loud together is a fantastic family activity, even if your child can’t read books by themselves yet. The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report found that more than 80 percent of kids and parents say they love or like read-aloud time a lot.
One of the best ways to keep kids learning this summer is to join the Scholastic Summer Reading program. It's designed to develop lifelong readers by encouraging reading for fun during the summer.
How to Get Started
Ready to join? Visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base — this safe, free 3D interactive world is dedicated to keeping kids engaged with favorite stories through book-based games, live author events, and a large community of readers.
Through the Scholastic Home Base summer zone, your child can watch author read-alouds and meet with favorite characters. Plus, you and your child can help unlock book donations for kids with limited or no access to books by starting and keeping "reading streaks" during the summer.
Your child can join and participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading program from Monday, April 26 to Friday, September 3.
Shop our editors' top summer book picks for ages 3 to 5 below! You can find all books and activities at The Scholastic Store.