Summer is the perfect time for children to relax, read, and get swept away to places near and far. Together, we can combat the summer reading slide and keep our nation’s children reading and thriving. RIF offers a variety of resources and activities to engage young readers all summer long.

Kids Reading

Educators, we encourage you to share this page and resources with your students’ parents (see parent take-home letter below). Parents/caregivers, please take a look at the many ways we can help you keep your child motivated and engaged in reading during the summer months.

Parent Letter

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Want to receive a weekly summer literacy tip via text to keep your child(ren) reading all summer long? Text the word RIFREAD to 1-877-379-5018 and receive RIF updates. *Standard texting rates apply.

Activity Sheets

RIF has curated a list of great summer reads with activities for each of the 8 weeks of summer.

Spend Time Reading Together

Reading a book aloud, taking turns reading, acting out the story, and discussing a book are all critical elements to building children’s reading skills. Reading together with a parent or caregiver starts children on a path to obtain the necessary skills to become a proficient, engaged and lifelong reader. Here are some tips to make the most of your read-aloud time.

Read Aloud Support

Encourage Independent Reading

Kids Reading Children of all ages benefit from spending time reading every day. RIF has created an Independent Reading Center which includes four high-interest categories to inspire young readers. In addition to suggested books and resources, each category offers a Kids’ Activity Center where children can explore the topic independently through read-alouds, puzzles, and coloring pages. Visit our Independent Reading Center .

Independent Reading Center

Children’s Literacy Tips

Integrate simple reading tips and activities into your everyday routines. The more you emphasize and incorporate reading into your everyday life, the more your child will learn and grow.

Literacy Tips

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Kids Reading
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Share the Importance of Summer Reading

To celebrate reading throughout the summer, share the importance of reading and our Soar into Summer Reading resources. Use hashtag #ReadWithRIF throughout the summer when posting online to share the books you’re reading, your book stack, your students’ or children’s reading or your literacy-minded service activities. Join RIF in creating an online reading movement!

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