The Importance of Summer Reading
- Students who read over the summer do better in school in the fall
- Students who do not read over the summer demonstrate academic loss in the fall.
- 8 out of 10 studies indicate students who read for fun out-performed those who did not.
- Students read more when they can choose their own books.
- Reading 5 books over the summer can prevent academic loss.
- Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade, children who do not read over the summer are two years behind other children.
What Parents Can Do:
- Stress the importance of summer reading with your child.
- Make reading exciting; don’t think of it as a chore.
- Create a reading list.
- Create a no TV or electronic game time during part of each day.
- Join a summer reading program at your local library.
- Let your child choose his/her own books.
- Keep a supply of reading materials around the house.
- Go to the library regularly.
- Ask your child questions about the books he or she is reading.
- Listen to books on tape while traveling.
- Read a book to your child.
- Listen to your child read a book to you.
- Pick a favorite author or series and read all the books.
- Model reading
Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the International Literacy Association’s “Choices” reading lists. These lists are available for free download. Visit www.reading.org/choices for the 2017 lists of books titles, authors, and publishers plus summaries; book cover images; and printable bookmarks. Get started creating your own summer reading list now!
So enjoy your summer, but remember to make time for reading!
Sincerely, Mrs. Sheila Ulerich