Mark your calendars for June 20th! It’s National Summer Learning Day – an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the importance of summer learning for all children and helping close the achievement gap.
This year, we’ve teamed up with our friends at the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to share three BIG ways to celebrate with the kids you serve or your kids at home! You can get involved by organizing your own activities or by joining an event nearby.
Already have something planned? Find local summer learning events on the Summer Learning Day Event Map or add your event to the map to join the fun.
Check out three BIG ways to celebrate National Summer Learning Day.
- Host a family literacy celebration. Invite the caring adults in your kids’ lives to attend an event focused on the importance of families reading together.
Have kids prepare a performance or a piece of art based on one of their favorite books, or organize fun activities like a healthy cooking demonstrations or a visit from a local storyteller. Consider inviting a local library representative to share information on services the library provides and how parents and kids can get library cards. And be sure to check out First Book’s Best of Summer Book Lists for great summer reading suggestions for kids of all ages.
- Explore new activities, places and cultures. Summer is great time for kids to explore new subjects and develop new skills.
Read a story about gardening and then work with your kids to plant a garden. Research which plants grow best with each other, map out a plan, visit your local nursery and dig in the dirt!
Explore new cultures through the books featured in our Stories for All Project. Make the stories come alive by seeing a play, cooking a dish or visiting a museum exhibit connected to that culture.
- Bring more books to your community. What better way to share the importance of summer learning than by bringing books to your community?
Set up a Virtual Book Drive to raise funds for your program or programs in your community serving children in need. Simply set up your page, set a fundraising goal and share the page with your community. A $10 gift brings about four books from the First Book Marketplace to local kids.
For even more ways to celebrate, visit NSLA’s National Summer Learning Day page!