Summertime is here! It is time for some much needed fun in the sun. However, it is important to make sure to keep our students reading throughout the summer. One of the biggest setbacks we see when school starts back up in August is what we call the “summer slide.” Your student has worked so hard throughout the school year and it is vital to minimize any set back on our two month break. The key to preventing the summer slide…is summer reading! I have gathered a list of my favorite summer reading ideas and resources so you can have all of this information in one place. Many of these websites can be shared with parents to provide them with resources they can use to encourage summer reading. Check them out below!
Scholastic: Scholastic has introduced a new summer reading program called Summer Read-a-Palooza. This fun and exciting new digital summer platform is full of full length books to keep you student reading all summer long. Students who sign up will participate with other students nationwide to track their reading, earn points and even be able to donate books! Be sure to sign up today!
Book It! For Parents: We all know and LOVE Book It! The program during the school year that your student probably comes home raving about. Students read books and earn free pizza. Pizza Hut sure knows how to keep our students motivated to read. Now for the first time ever, Book It! is rolling out their new summer program, for parents! It works the same way, students read and earn free pizza.
Start With A Book: This awesome website provides a great deal of useful information. Check out Start With A Book to find resources and information on the key elements of reading. This website offers tips on read-alouds, background knowledge, vocabulary, fluency and more. They also have a free text messaging service this summer. It is offered in both English and Spanish, you will receive summer reading tips via text messages. Sign up here: Summer Text Message Service.
Read Across America: This website offers an array of information. Parents can read and learn more about why summer reading is so important with research based articles. This website also provides reading lists for students with different topics in mind. You can also expect to find additional reading tips and activities such as STEM activities and creative ways to keep your students challenged.
Summer Reading Book Lists
Unfortunately students access to books is still extremely limited due to the coronavirus. However, you can still provide parents and students with recommended reading lists. Below are two resources that will help you
School Library Journal is a wonderful resource for students to select books from. This website is jammed packed with amazing lists that will surely keep your students reading all summer. Two of my favorite lists are the Association for Library Service to Children List (ALSC) and the International Literacy Association and Children’s Book Council (ILA/CBC). The ALSC list is easy to navigate and organized by grade level which makes finding a book a breeze. The ILA/CBC list is sure to be a hit with your little readers. It is composed of books that have been selected by students nationwide.
Random House has a summer reading list for different grades. Of course the books are limited to what they publish, but there is still a good selection.
Read Brightly also has lists for preschoolers up to teenagers. They also have some informative articles about summer reading and helping them to prepare for the new school year.
My resource library is full of free resources as well that you can use to help motivate your students throughout the summer.
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One way to help students keep track of the books they have read is by using a summer reading log. I have a few different options depending on your child’s age and grade. For younger readers, opt for the coloring reading log. Students will color in one picture for each book they read. For older readers, a more traditional log is available. I also have a digital reading log available if you and your child prefer to track online.
You also might want to check out my reading goals resource. You can help your child create and reach their own reading goals over the summer. Lastly, a fun resource I encourage parents and children to use over the summer is the choosing the right book posters and bookmarks . Keep a few bookmarks on hand and hang these posters in your favorite reading corner of your house. They will surely be handy as your student spends time traveling all around in their favorite books this summer.
As always, it is my goal to help cultivate a deep love of life-long reading within our students. I truly hope this list helps you and your child keep reading all summer long!