July 5, 2023

2023 Summer Reading Programs for Young Readers

Summer reading season is here! This is a great time for young readers to explore new words and books with their parent, caregiver, and other loved ones in different settings. Summer reading for early learners can look like acting out scenes from a picture book in the park with your child, or visiting a local library or family center for a story time.

There are plenty of local and national summer reading programs, resources, and activities to allow early readers the opportunity to expand their vocabulary with their parent or caregiver.

Find Your Voice! Summer Reading 2023, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

For the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), summer reading is all about the celebration of self expression. Sign-up for Find Your Voice! summer reading through August 6 at any CLP branch or in the library app. On Sunday, August 13, CLP – Main in Oakland will host its end-of-summer Extravaganza!, a family-friendly outdoor festival features music, crafts, games, prizes, storytelling, and food trucks.

Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip, PA’s Promise for Children

Join the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) on their virtual Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and early childhood education professionals can follow along with OCDEL as they travel to various Pennsylvania libraries and state parks while providing fun resources, activities, and book recommendations to support early literacy and language. All activities align with the PA Early Learning Standards and can be done anywhere.

Summer Reading Field Trips, Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) has provided various reading logs, coloring sheets, and summer-themed book recommendations to keep learning fun and fresh. Parents and caregivers that take the RIF summer reading pledge will receive a copy of the book, A Sofia Special, one of the books featured in RIF’s summer collection.

Summer Reading Camp, Half-Priced Books

Young readers can join Summer Reading Camp by visiting a local Half Price Books through July 31 to pick up interactive reading logs, sticker sheets and more, while supplies last. Families that register for the camp will have access to reading recommendations, crafts, and other literacy activities.

Scholastic Summer Reading Program, Scholastic

The Scholastic Summer Reading program offers children an exciting, free, and safe summer reading experience, while helping to provide books to kids with limited or no access over the summer. Through Thursday, September 7, children can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a completely free digital destination which offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7.

Bookworm Wednesdays, Showcase Cinemas

Bookworm Wednesdays entitles children to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas box office. Accompanying parents or caregivers and children younger than age six receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report.

More Programs

Check out other summer reading programs from Mille’s Ice Cream and Pizza Hut. Alternatively, parents and caregivers can also visit their local library, family center, or community resource space to learn more about local summer reading programs.


June 13, 2023

CitiParks Publishes Summer Guide

The Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation (CitiParks) recently released its 2023 Summer Guide, which aims to highlight the department’s many programs and activities, and safely engage residents and visitors in city spaces.

The guide provides information on a wide range of free, family-friendly activities, from walking and biking to concerts and movies.

About the 2023 Summer Guide

The CitiParks 2023 Summer Guide details:

  • Farmers Markets
  • Roving Art Cart
  • Alphabet Trail and Tales
  • Track and Treat
  • Tennis Clinics
  • CitiSports
  • Aquatics and Swimming Pools
  • Food Programs
  • Recreation Centers
  • Healthy Active Living Senior Centers
  • Parks and Trails
  • Footraces
  • Independence Day at Point State Park
  • Car Cruise-In
  • Line Dancing
  • 2023 Summer Concerts
  • 2023 Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park
  • Community Festivals
  • Block Parties
  • Park Shelters & Facilities
  • Holiday Tree Lighting & Gingerbread House Display

Access the 2023 Summer Guide

The 2023 Summer Guide is available online.  It will also be available at CitiParks Recreation and Healthy Active Living (Senior) Centers, Farmers Markets, Concerts, and various locations throughout the city.

Related Information & Resources

Learn More

To learn more, visit the City of Pittsburgh website.