Reading over the summer is incredibly important for our kids. In fact, students who don’t keep reading over the summer can fall one or more months behind, while their classmates who continue reading move further ahead. More than half of the reading gaps of 9th graders can be explained by summer learning loss during elementary school. The great part is that summer reading isn’t about homework or tests; it can simply be about the JOY of reading! This summer, help your children stay on track while fostering a love of reading that will serve them well throughout their lives.
A. The American Library Association has recommended summer reading lists for birth through middle school.
B. Use this interactive infographic from Scholastic to find more book choices.
C. Use a book list like this one from Read Aloud 15 Minutes and see how many of the books your child can read this summer.
D. Use community tools to find free online books! (cms? Unite for literacy? Library)
Personalize your child’s summer reading with these free printable bookmarks, book plates, and reading log pages from Simple as That.
Don’t overdo it. Motivate your child to read by making books readily available and then stepping back. Learn more in this Atlantic article.
Younger children may enjoy using a reading BINGO card to choose ways, like reading to a stuffed animal or reading in their swimsuit.
Have your child choose a book and invite some friends to read it, then host a play date that involves some book discussion, and lots of summer fun.
Every word that is read counts, even if it’s on the television. Try enabling the captions feature (and reducing the volume) so that kids have access to and are encouraged to read the words on the screen.
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