Summer Reading

Summer can be a fantastic opportunity for your child to develop a deeper love of reading, so we've put together some ideas, book recommendations, and activities to offer some fun options.

Shelf Help August

Booklist looking a little short? Don't worry we have a few book recommendations for you.

Weather you are looking for space, or coding your way out of a problem, we have the book list for you! 

Shelf Help July 2020

Have you torn through your home library? Read all the magazines around? Why not try your local library? Many are offering curbside pick-up and have tons of eBook options to get everyone reading. Try out these fun books all about sports and camping. We have options for all ages! 

Shelf Help June 2020

We are excited to celebrate Pride Month this June. Pride has a long history involving brave people and momentous events behind it.  These three books highlight the past, present and future of the LGBTQ+ community. 


Here are four books and activities on mindfulness to help you through the stressful back-to-school season.

Family Night

Host a Family Paint Night!

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -Pablo Picasso

Let your kids inspire creativity as your family unleashes their inner artists and the paintbrushes fly during Family Paint Night. Remember, there is no right or wrong, everyone should just relax and enjoy the creative process.

Set up a table on your patio or in the garage and cover it with an old vinyl tablecloth or some newspaper. Designate a central area for paint and supplies so people can get more supplies as needed.

Civic Awareness Week 2

What do you see around you that you want to change? Does it seem scary, or impossible? Just remember that even small steps are steps that empower change and there are people everywhere excited to join you. Our three featured books show that through bravery and action, change is possible, even for the youngest members of our community.

Camping Week 2

This week is all about the creepy crawly side of the great outdoors. Try out this activity or our printable word scramble after reading our book suggestions below!

Clear Bug Slime

Slime Ingredients:

5 oz of clear glue

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp contact solution

plastic bugs

Container for slime

1. Thoroughly mix the 5 oz of clear glue and 1/2 cup water in a bowl.

2. Mix in 1/2 tsp baking soda. This will determine how thick your slime will be.

Camping Week 1

Summer is a great time to explore the outdoors and go camping. Use these books to get ready for a night under the stars.

After you are done with these books, pick a few of these activities to get yourself ready for your next outdoor adventure!

Inspiring Inclusion Week 2

We have three more books for your students to help explore what makes each of us different and unique.

For some extra credit, get inspired by Jordan Reeves who shares the story of her disability and how she turned it into her ability, including shooting glitter out of her prosthetic unicorn arm! Jordan encourages us to appreciate and share our differences in this TEDxCoMo Talk, What is Normal? Born Just Right...

Inspiring Inclusion Week 1

Inclusion is within everyone's ability. To help students simulate physical disabilities, have them try these activities!

To experience what it is like to have a lower body physical disability, have students attach a yardstick to the outside of their leg and then try to go up and down stairs. The yardstick will make it difficult for them to bend their knee or use the full motion of their leg.

For fine motor skill awareness, have students wear gloves to do tasks like closing containers, picking up coins or buttoning shirts.

Memorial Day

Use these books and printable to talk to your students about Memorial Day, why we celebrate it and what it means.


Start now to set your kids on a path of doing good for others throughout their life.

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” - Kofi Annan

Check out these books for inspiration on ways for kids and families to participate in charitable causes and volunteer work. You will be inspired to look for ways you can make a difference in your world and beyond. 

Summer Game Night

Game Night


Glowing Backyard Game Night
Here are four ideas to have your very own glowing game night, right in your backyard! Pick up some glow sticks and necklaces at your local party or discount store, wait for the sun to set and have a glowing good time.

Summer Food

Ice Cream Magic (how liquids can become solid)
½ cup milk
½ Cup half and half
½ -1 Tablespoon sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
½ Teaspoon vanilla extract

Additional Materials
6 Tablespoons ice cream salt or kosher salt
Gallon-sized zip top bag
Quart or sandwich-sized zip top bag
Mittens or gloves