During the summer, reading may not always be a top priority for children, but with our fun and engaging books and activities, children will be motivated to discover the joy of reading even when school's out. It's especially critical every summer to keep children reading so they can retain the skills and knowledge they gained from the previous school year. In this newsletter, you'll find RIF's favorite summer reading resources and programs to inspire reading for all families.

RIF's Favorite Resources to Beat the Summer Slide

RIF provides lots of everyday resources and activities that support families and children with summer time reading. Check out these activities and tips to engage children throughout the summer to help reduce the summer slide.

  • Find booklists with activities for different grade levels in RIF's Soar into Summer online destination.
  • Review tips for reducing the summer slide in RIF's Guide for Parents and Caregivers.
  • Start a free 30-day trial of Skybrary, RIF's digital library of almost 1,000 eBooks and hundreds of real-world video field trips.
  • Get 25 fun ideas for incorporating reading into every day activities in RIF's Summer Literacy Tips handout.
  • Make literacy come alive every day in July with RIF's Daily Book Bites calendar.

Share RIF’s resources with a child in your life today and set them on a path for success for their return to school this fall!

Be sure to opt-in to receive a weekly literacy tip or activity to encourage your child or students to read this summer. Text the word “RIFREAD” to (877) 379-5018 and enjoy a fun literacy tip or activity to promote weekly reading.

Books to Combat Anti-Semitism

With the recent rise in anti-Semitism, RIF is sharing these titles and resources to support families in having sensitive discussions about diversity, racism, empathy, and acceptance.

Join the Race to 500,000 Books

Until the end of July, 10-year-old Orion Jean is partnering with RIF and other literary organizations across the country to increase awareness about the lack of equity in book ownership in children while continuing to emphasize the importance of being kind in his new campaign Race to 500,000 Books. Learn more about his past Race to Kindness work and get involved today!

Join the Race to 500,000 Books

Catch Up with RIF's Latest Blogs

  • Celebrate the life and legacy of literacy lion, Dick Robinson, in this touching blog by RIF President & CEO, Alicia Levi.
  • Learn the magic of self-confidence with comic strip and graphic novel writer (and magician!), Brian Anderson, in his guest blog sharing his passion for magic and the importance of reading.
  • Read how to combat the "summer slide" by keeping the children in your life reading and thriving all summer long in RIF's newest blog post by Alicia Levi, President & CEO.

Together, We Can Beat the Summer Slide!

The “Summer Slide” is upon us – and children are at risk of losing 2-3 months of reading skills. The best way to beat it? Get books into the hands of more children who don’t have many at home. Help prevent summer learning loss by donating to RIF now.

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