Find the hours and location of your local library. Read e-books. Find links to websites that are just right for your child in the Kidzone. If your child does not have a library card, I have attached a form that you can bring to any Brooklyn library.
You don’t have to go to the library or even have a library card to join this reading club sponsored by the Brooklyn, Queens and New York Public Library Systems. Register online, fill out your reading profile and write reviews of all the great books you read this summer. This site also contains recommended reading lists arranged by grade level.
Looking for something new and good? Ask your local public library about the books on these recommended reading lists, created by NYC school librarians.
Lower-grades (pre-K through grade 2) often work on this website at school, but that’s no reason not to visit it during the summer. It provides short ebooks that help with letter sounds, as well as a small selection fiction and nonfiction for slightly more advanced readers.
With short ebooks for practicing sounds, fun fact pages, songs, and classic stories, such as Peter Rabbit, this site uses audio with beautiful, old illustrations in a combination that is perfect for beginning readers.
Click on the words, “Just for Kids,” to find award-winning comic books in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese Kids can listen and read along or read independently. They can then write new adventures for the characters with Cartoon Makers.
Join Professor Garfield to read ebooks in English and Spanish, unscramble mixed-up comic strips, write your own comic strips, take a math challenge, watch a science video and much, much more. I particularly recommend the following: Storyline Online, English for Your Future, Storybook Reader, Comic Creator, Knowledge Box and Explore Science K-2.
Register for this site and access 350 free ebooks. Kids can listen and read along or read independently. The books are arranged by reading level, starting with wordless books for our youngest kids.
The site contains free ebooks in dozens of languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic and Chinese. Completing the free registration makes it easier to find the books you want.
A free parent account on this site gives access to hundreds of ebooks, articles from children’s magazines and poems. Many of the books come with audio so your child can read along. He or she can also highlight important parts, take notes, look up words in the dictionary and write reviews. You can search for books and articles by author, title, topic, comprehension skill and even Guided Reading Levels a-z. This site also contains Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books.
Read Write Think
San Diego Zoo
Sports Illustrated Kids
National Geographic Kids