JOIN US FOR A SUMMER OF READING
Children reading for just 20 minutes a day develops the mind, enhances vocabulary, fuels imagination and promotes creativity. And by using daily reading to spark conversation with your children about racial injustice and violence against the black and brown community, you’re not only supporting learning and brain development, but you’re also helping them explore their thoughts on tragic events in an honest and an age-appropriate way.
Join us in our summer reading campaign focused on racial justice and empowerment. Take the pledge. Get free books. Track your child’s progress!
TAKE THE SUMMER READING PLEDGE AND HELP EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT RACISM
Take the pledge to read 20 minutes a day with your child and see our book recommendations below for stories that educate and spark conversations about race and racism.
And then track your daily minutes with us:
Indianapolis Public Library | In pursuit of racial equity book lists for kids:
Indianapolis Public Library | Other Libby lists:
- Calming Fear and Anxiety for Kids
- Pride for Kids
- Kids Staying Healthy
- Girls Rock
- Women Change the World for Kids
FREE READ ALOUD VIDEOS:
BOOK LISTS WE LOVE:
Embrace Race | Four booklists for kids and communities that embrace race:
- Books that inspire resilience in kids of color
- Books that encourage kids of all colors to be inclusive and empathetic
- Books that support kids to think critically about racial inequity
- Books that animate kids (and their adults!) to be racial justice advocates for all kids
Indianapolis Public Library: We Need Diverse Picture Books
SocialJusticeBooks.org: Multicultural and social justice books for kids by topic
We Need Diverse Books: Where to find diverse books
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! You can apply for an Indianapolis Public Library card online or at your local branch and we highly suggest you do. The library has a great summer reading program, lists of digital download books that promote racial and social equity and free read aloud videos for kids.
Reading for just 20 minutes a day expands vocabulary, fuels creativity and improves academic performance. Due to COVID-19, kids aren’t just facing summer learning loss, but also the “COVID slide.” It has become more important than ever that students are prepared for school in the fall. If you haven’t already, pledge to read for 20 minutes a day.
Kids should be able to recognize certain words by sight at the end of each grade level when they are mastering reading. Visit this resource for downloadable sight word flash cards for grades K-5.
If a child doesn’t know how to read by the fourth grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school or be behind their peers for years to come.
It is NEVER too late! Keep reading with your child every day and watch the progress they make academically and with their confidence and creativity! If you need help getting started, check out our online parent guide for reading at home.