The First Partner’s Summer Book Club
The First Partner’s Summer Book Club features 21 books hand-picked by the First Partner for children up to ninth grade. Each book teaches kids important social and emotional learning tools and highlights key values like diversity, self-love and acceptance. The full booklist can be found here.
SUMMER READING NEAR YOU
Participate in the First Partner’s Summer Book Club at your local library. The California State Library’s interactive map helps families discover summer reading programs – and more!
Want to get connected this summer? Join our community on social media by tagging us using #CAKidsRead on any social media platform – and be sure to spread the word to your friends!
Join the First Partner for a Summer of Learning and Fun!
Storytime with the First Partner & Friends
Story time is such a fun way for families to connect. Check out the First Partner’s latest virtual story time with Vacaville Unified School District’s Head Chef Richie Wilim: Miguel’s Community Garden by JaNay Brown-Wood.
Summer Library Activities
Public library summer reading programs are a great way for children to stay engaged and have fun all summer long. Check with your local library to sign up for the summer reading program, borrow books, and take part in activities. Many libraries also serve free summer meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. California public library summer programs are free for everyone. Visit the State Library’s interactive map to discover summer offerings at your local library.
California State Parks Summer Learning
The California State Parks Summer Learning Program engages K-12 educational communities and community organizations that offer summer programming for underserved student populations. Students have the opportunity to visit a participating California state park for a day or for an overnight immersive program exploring the outdoors and cultural and natural resources of the park. The list of all summer learning programs is available online at www.parks.ca.gov/LearningPrograms.
First 5 California At-Home Activities
Join First 5 California for read-along, sing-along, and other at-home activities that are fun for the whole family! Available in English and Spanish, this video series offers young children and their parents the opportunity to exercise their brains and bodies with safe, and easy-to-follow activities, including storybook readings, singing, yoga, making musical instruments, and much more. Visit the At-Home Activities Playlist from First 5 California to watch today!
The First Partner’s Summer Book Club includes a number of fun activities outside of virtual storytimes, including these limited edition bookmarks! They’ll help your little ones track what they’re reading and make sure they don’t lose their place. Download them in color here, or download them in black and white for a fun coloring activity!
Thank you to the working group of California librarians who provided book title recommendations for the First Partner’s Summer Book List:
- Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
- Nate Halsan, Sacramento Public Library
- Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries
- Ramona Price, San Diego County Library