A young boy and his mother read a book together. Both are smiling.

Reading is a great way to enjoy time together, especially with younger children who can’t yet read independently.

Even if your child isn’t ready to read on their own, reading together and book sharing or “book cuddling” helps build early literacy skills.

Make sure to visit the LaneKids Activity Calendar to see story times and other book related events.

Summer Reading Programs

Sign up for a Summer Reading Program at a Library near you. You do not need a library card to participate, just stop by the library to register and receive a free book! For a list of Lane County libraries click here.

Participate in the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program for Grades 1-6.

  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español).
  2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between now and September 3rd, 2018. Find a Store.
  3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Low Cost and Free Books

  • St. Vincent De Paul has a large range of low cost, gently used children’s books. See a list of their stores here.
  • Find a Little Free Library near you! While there is a limited selection, they typically change often, and it can be a little adventure every time you visit.
  • https://imaginationlibrary.com/ a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school. Check out the website to find if the program is available in your community. (Disponible en español)

Online Reading Resources

  • Tumble Books – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. Requires library card or access through school website. (books available in Spanish and French)
  • PBS Kids Raising Readers – where kids can play free reading games and activities with their parents, teachers, and caregivers. (Disponible en español)
  • Reading Blog – expert tips from the Kids in Transition to School (KITS) Program for parents and caregivers on how to support their young readers. (Disponible en español)
  • SMART – resources and tips for parents from Start Making a Reader Today (SMART). (Disponible en español)
  • Wilbooks – free online books for kids Pre-K to Third grade. (Disponible en español)
  • Wonderopolis – a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways.
  • KidZone Free books to read and listen to, as well as games to play.
  • Reading Partners – resources for parents to stay educated and informed about early literacy.
  • Reading Rockets – offers research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build ­fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.