Virtual Summer Reading Activities for Ages 6-12

Research shows that reading regularly during the summer can help children maintain or improve their reading levels, as well as develop other important skills like vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking.

Summer reading is not just about academic achievement, it's also about fostering a love of books and a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure. Reading can open up new worlds of imagination, curiosity, and creativity for young children, and help them learn about themselves and others.

Bring the fun of summer reading home with the following activities.

Remember, these activities count toward the completion of the summer reading passport so you can enter to win a special drawing! 

Tumblebooks, opens a new window

TumbleBooks features interactive, animated stories, puzzles and games. There are stories by well-known authors, original stories, classic fairy tales, puzzles and games in English, Spanish and French. Stories can play automatically or you can click through at your own pace. A mobile version is available. Some bilingual stories are also available.

Free Online Games

What are you going to play today? The Harvard Graduate School of Education, opens a new window discusses how games can be beneficial in learning along with tools to help identify what makes a "good learning game." Reading and learning can happen everywhere you look, including in games. Find an option you enjoy!

Take a look at this collection of great websites and games for kids!, opens a new window

Get Your Hands Dirty

Try these creative activities wherever you find yourself, including books to spark inspiration!

Have questions? Need support diving into a specific parenting topic or theme? Your Child and Family library service librarians are here to help with virtual, phone and in-person appointments available. 

Looking for virtual activities for a different age group? Discover virtual summer reading activities for children ages 0-5 and teens ages 12-18.