Literacy Programs for Children

Metropolitan Library System offers books and programs at locations throughout the Metro.

Early Birds offers free quarterly classes for parents through Smart Start Central Oklahoma. Early Birds is a family-based, school readiness program that provides parents with information, activities, and materials for a young child.

Rainbow Fleet Resource Center offers a childcare referral service. They also offer books, games, and toys for checkout from their resource library for only $40/year.

Summer Reading Programs

Freedom School OKC in NE OKC offers a free summer enrichment program that will meet 5 days per week with 3 hours of reading instruction in the mornings and enrichment activities in the afternoons. Call to register.

The Oklahoma Youth Literacy Program in SE OKC offers a summer enrichment program for students at Plaza Mayor 8:30am to 3pm. $65 weekly for all day. To attend just the reading session is free. Call to register.

The Summer Skills Reading Program through the University of Oklahoma’s Outreach program offers five 1.5-hour weekly reading remediation courses for $368. Locations are throughout the metro and on weekends.

Project Transformation in NW OKC offers a free faith-based program for 8 weeks that includes literacy instruction and activities.

Jubilee Partners in central OKC offers a free faith-based summer reading camp June 19 to July 21, Monday to Thursday. Call to register.

Restore OKC in NE OKC offers a free faith-based summer reading camp Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for students at Parks Elementary and other nearby schools. Call to register.

Summer Reading Challenges

Build a Better World Summer Reading Challenge by Metropolitan Library

Get in the Game by OKC Public Schools

Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge by Scholastic Books

Feed Your Brain by Half Price Books

Barnes & Noble Reading Journal by Barnes & Noble

The Oklahoman’s Summer Reading Contest by The Oklahoman

“Reading for the Stars” by the Oklahoma City Dodgers and SONIC

Sylvan Book Adventure by Sylvan Learning Center

Pizza Hut’s Book It! Spark Your Greatness Summer Reading Challenge by Pizza Hut

Online Resources for Parents

PBS Kids

Imagination Soup


National Geographic Little Kids

Fun Brain

Video: The Importance of Reading to Children