Summer Reading Library Lesson


This library lesson is all about summer fun and the benefits of summer reading! Part I is a whole-class library or classroom discussion encouraging students to read over the summer. Part II includes summertime trivia questions, vocabulary, would-you-rathers, and more!

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Looking for a similar presentation for older students? Check out this Summertime Digital Bulletin Board for Grades 7-12.


  • Recommended for: Grades 2-5
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 library lessons (about 50 minutes total)
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

***Please note that this Summer Reading Library Lesson is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 58-slide PPT + Google™ Slides presentation
  • Scavenger Hunt activity (3 pages PDF, includes answer key)
  • Summer-themed Recommended Reads list (1 page, editable in PDF and PPT)
  • Prep, set up, tips, lesson procedure (2 pages)


  • 3 recommended summer read-alouds for Grades 2-5 with suggested nonfiction video links to enhance each story
  • sign language — “summer” (includes link to show you how to sign it)
  • 5 benefits of summer reading
  • recommendation to read audiobooks on long car trips
  • slide templates for you to add the weekly library schedule and announcements
  • “Happy Birthday” template — add your students’ birthdays for the week!
  • where students can get books to read over summer break
  • two statistics about kids’ reading habits
  • 4 extreme close-up photos — Students try to guess what the extreme close-ups are. Includes answer slides and more information about those objects. All objects in photos are summer-themed. The four objects are: coconuts, strawberries, cockle shells, and a starfish.
  • 5 trivia questions with answers
  • 1 Would-You-Rather
  • 2 This-or-Thats
  • two words of the week — humidity and summer solstice
  • additional vocabulary — bivalve, symmetry, drupes
  • fun facts about: raspberries, hermit crabs, cockle shells, ice cream, sandcastles, starfish, algae blooms, strawberries, mosquitoes, coconuts, watermelon, and midnight sun.
  • What is the “Dog Days of Summer”?
  • one joke about frogs


All information in the presentation was researched thoroughly by a certified school librarian. Research sources are noted in the Notes section of every slide.

The titles on Recommended Reading list were selected carefully to ensure that:

  • All titles are recommended for Grades 2-5 in professional library journals.
  • Characters are diverse.
  • Every book listed received positive professional reviews.

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