Summer reading loss

Summer reading loss

Summer reading loss

Date posted: June 14, 2013

Every summer when children aren’t in school, they can lose some of the reading progress they made during the school year. This summer reading loss has been documented, and is one of the reasons for differences in reading achievement. Reading during the summer can help prevent this loss. (And, it’s fun, too!)

Recent research has indicated that providing access to books that children select for themselves is one key to encouraging summer reading, and providing some adult guidance for beginning readers to help with reading comprehension is also important.



Your local public library is a great source of a variety of children’s books that can be borrowed for free. And, many public libraries offer a summer reading program for children.

This year’s summer reading club in BC libraries is Up, Up and Away! The website for this summer reading program includes quizzes, games, and book lists as well as tips for parents.


Help a child choose a book – practical advice for parents from the International Reading Association

Helping to prevent summer reading loss by Julie M. Wood – tips for parents from PBS parents

Summer reading – a webpage full of links with information, articles, and activities for parents, teachers, and librarians from Reading Rockets.

Summer reading lists – These recommended book lists from the American Library Association are organized by grade: Grades K to 2, 3 to 5, and 6 to 8. And, don’t forget that lots of public libraries have lists of books in their own collection that you can borrow.

Summer reading tips for parents of kindergartners, first graders and readers & writers – from PBS parents

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