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Summer reading offers a cool way to relax and learn

Summer reading offers a cool way to relax and learnReading is a great way to pass the summer! Books offer adventure, mystery, humor, exotic places, interesting characters, and more. When the weather is hot, find a cool spot and curl up with a good book.

Reading during the summer helps students start strong in fall when they go back to class! Reading for just 20 to 30 minutes each day during the summer keeps skills sharp and reduces summer slide, when students forget some of what they’ve learned. For students who struggle, summer is a great time to catch up or get ahead. Summer reading increases vocabulary, knowledge, and critical thinking.

Need help finding good books? Visit the MPS Reads page to find lists of suggested books suitable for all ages from preschool through high school.

Or try the MPS online library known as OverDrive. Students can download books at home by using their MPS username and password.  Books can be accessed on a cell phone or device by downloading the OverDrive App.

Check out your local library for free summer fun. The Milwaukee Public Library system has many air conditioned branches across the city. Children, teens, and adults can sign up for reading programs to earn great prizes just by reading books. Visit to learn more.

Tips for Families

  • Ask your child about topics, events, or activities that are interesting, then look for books or magazines that would motivate your child to read.
  • Connect your reading to family activities.  For example, if you take your child to the zoo, consider reading a book about animals with them before and/or after your visit.
  • Children love mail.  Subscribe to an age appropriate magazine such as Lady Bug (ages 2–6), Ranger Rick (ages 7-12) or Sports Illustrated for Kids (ages 8-15).

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  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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