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Top 10 Resources on Summer Reading

The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. The following resources and articles provide information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Plus you'll discover great activities to encourage kids to learn, read, and have fun in the summer sun.
  1. Get Ready for Summer! Ideas for Teachers to Share with Families
    A "virtual beach bag" of activities for teachers to help families get ready for summer and to launch students to fun, enriching summertime experiences.
  2. 2012 Big Summer Read Booklists
    It's summertime! What a great time to slow down or cool off with a good book. It's fun to share books with a child, a class, and your family. A range of stories for kids 0–9 years old — fiction and nonfiction — are suggested here to get you started.
  3. Book Swap for Kids
    Libraries and bookstores are great options for building a home library. Another great resource for books is a book swap. Consider organizing one for your neighborhood or block. It can be a simple afternoon undertaking, or with more time and effort, a fun event that will become an annual tradition! Below are some suggestions for organizing a book swap for kids.
  4. Summer Learning, Side-by-Side
    Children are full of questions about the world around them. Summer is the perfect time to tap into your child's interests and start a journey of discovery together.
  5. Finding a Great Summer Program: A Checklist for Parents
    Early and sustained summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates, better preparation for college, and positive effects on children's self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. High-quality summer programs keep students engaged in learning, teach them new skills, allow them to develop previously unseen talents, and foster creativity and innovation.
  6. Use Summer Fun to Build Background Knowledge
    You don't need to have a book in hand to help your child become a better reader. Interesting experiences give kids a broader framework for new information they might encounter in books. When kids have lots of experiences to draw on, they have a better chance of making a connection with what they read!
  7. Strategies for Summer Reading for Children with Dyslexia
    Read a dozen strategies to help your children keep the academic skills they learned last year. Support them as they read. Give them material that is motivating — and some of it should be easy. Help them enjoy books and feel pleasure — not pressure — from reading. The summer should be a relaxed time where their love of learning can flower.
  8. Summer Reading and Fluency: Tips for Parents from Reading Rockets
    You've got the reading lists. You've got the books. But what else can you do to make your children better readers this summer?
  9. Day Trips for Book Lovers
    Not everyone lives near Chincoteague lsland off the Maryland and Virginia coastline (Misty of Chincoteague) or has a chance to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder house museum in the Ozarks (Little House on the Prairie). But books can inspire some exciting day trips.
  10. 10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures for You and Your Kids
    It's not hard to help your children keep their interest in reading and learning during the summer break. Here are ten weeks of suggestions to encourage your children to open books even after school doors close.
Reading Rockets (2012)


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