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Grow great readers all summer long​

Sprout a love of reading in your little learners when you join our FREE summer reading program!​

This 5-week, self-paced program is packed full of read-aloud magic to combat summer slide and engage K-3 students in diverse learning activities.

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Combat summer slide at home​

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Explore new worlds & ideas​

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Build a family reading routine​​​

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Support summer learning​

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Reinforce life skills with stories

purposeful

Combat summer slide at home​

imagination

Explore new worlds & ideas​

reading

Build a family reading routine​​​

target

Support summer learning​

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Reinforce life skills with stories

Designed by our team of educators to support summer learning and strengthen language skills and reading comprehension through engaging themes, conversation starters, and diverse book activities. Join us to plant a seed that will grow their love of reading this summer!

Week one​: ENGAGEMENT

Get Ready to Grow

It’s time to head outdoors now that school is out!  Reading throughout the summer helps your child maintain their literacy growth, particularly if you ask them questions about what they are reading to help deepen their comprehension skills. Grab a few books and your Novel Effect app, then find a sunny spot and get ready to grow a great reader! 

CULTIVATE CONVERSATION

  • What type of books do you like to read? 
  • What is your favorite place to read? 

Week Two: ADVOCACY

Planting Seeds of Change

Understanding differences and fairness begins at a young age. Families can help children grasp complex issues like social justice, the idea that everyone deserves equal opportunities, to better understand the world around them. Using books can be a great springboard for a difficult conversation about a complex topic. These can build a foundation for understanding social justice, preparing kids to help their communities become a better place for all. 

CULTIVATE CONVERSATION

  • How do you want to help your community?
  • Brainstorm ideas/areas in your community that may need help.
  • Do you notice anything in common about the places in our community that need help?

Week THREE: Acceptance

Creating Room Flor-ALL

Books build a lifelong love of reading with your child, but they allow them to experience stories as both windows and mirrors, a way to introspectively see themselves and others in stories. Children’s socioemotional development is dependent on their ability to understand others and then develop a greater understanding of themselves! Anti-bias education can happen both in and out of a classroom. Helping children understand anti-bias can help them cultivate an acceptance of those around them, whether they are the same or different.

CULTIVATE CONVERSATION

  • We’re all the same, we’re all different! Isn’t that wonderful?
  • Consider similarities and differences within your neighborhood – ask your child to find two things that are the same and two that are different from a neighbor.

Week Four: Friendship

Produce-ing Meaningful Connection

Building friendships can sometimes be a challenge, but books help build a bridge to show how to make and keep friends! Modeling behaviors that help sustain friendships is a key part of how families can help their children develop strong socioemotional skills. Kindness is a key part of building relationships!

CULTIVATE CONVERSATION

  • What makes a good friend?
  • How are your friends unique?

Week FIVE: Self-expression

Harvesting Healthy Feelers

Feelings can be overwhelming, but there are fun ways to teach children about their feelings! Self awareness and naming feelings are ways to give children control of their emotions. Using the books in the Healthy Feelers collection allows children to see feelings in action and ways to react to different situations. 

CULTIVATE CONVERSATION

  • Tell me about a time you were sad/mad/worried…what made you feel better?
  • Share a time you felt worried and what made you feel better.

Turn reading time into a magical experience​

Share a summer of reading fun with the magic of Novel Effect. Thousands of parents, teachers, and kids report…

9 out of 10 say books are more engaging

4 out of 5 are more confident reading

4 out of 5 want to read more often

The award-winning Novel Effect app offers a library of interactive music and sound effects to enrich your regular storytime routine. When you read aloud from real books you already know and love, Novel Effect responds at the right moment.

For Grow(n)-ups

Turnip the volume on your summer reading

Our 2022 Summer Reading Club has ended. Thanks to all the grown-ups who took summer reading to the next level with their little learners and Novel Effect this year! Sign up to be first to get the details on our 2023 Summer Reading Club next May.