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Summer is a Great Time to Read!

Children need to read books every day so they can keep and strengthen all the literacy skills they learned during the previous school year. If children don’t read over the summer, they can experience “summer reading loss” and start the next school year already behind where they should be!

The good news is that reading over the summer—even if it’s only six books!—can prevent summer reading loss! You can help your child read and learn throughout the summer with a few simple helps:

  • Read something every day. Help children find a book that they are interested in and that is on their reading level. Using the link to “Find a Book” can help!
  • Let the child pick out age-appropriate books that they want to read.
  • Talk to your child about the books—ask questions about what might happen next, what they think about characters, why they like or don’t like something.
  • Read aloud to your children of any age—in any comfortable language! What your child learns in any language will help them in English as well.
  • Visit your local libraries. Librarians can help you find fun new books and support your child in reading all summer long.

Message from the State Superintendent

A message from the State Superintendent, Dr. Martell Menlove, about reading and families:

The concept of “practice makes perfect” is definitely true in many academic areas, including reading. We know that students who read when not in school, especially during the summer months when school is not in session, are better readers than those who do not read during these times. We also know that students who do not read over the summer often return to school having lost skills they had previously mastered.

Summer is a great time to establish family reading habits. I remember one summer when our family read The Great Brain series as a family. I often found our older children reading to our younger children and all of our children requesting daily that I read to them. I still have my copy of Jack London’s Call of the Wild that I believe I received for my 10th birthday. I remember sleeping in a tent in our back yard and reading Call of the Wild by the light of a flashlight. I must admit that my imagination got the best of me and I spent the remainder of the night in the house with all the doors and windows securely closed.

Resources for Parents

Information (Spanish)
Frequently Asked Questions

Resources for Librarians

Information (Spanish)
Frequently Asked Questions
Summer Reading Loss Articles