Did you know that reading just six books over the summer can help prevent the dreaded summer reading slide? Without summertime reading, children can lose the academic skills they’ve worked on during the school year. With twelve weeks in a typical summer vacation, that is just half a book a week.
Be sure to find books with a “just right” reading level. If you need some book suggestions, ask your child’s classroom teacher, school librarian, or public librarian for help.
One of my favorite resources for summer reading programs is your local public library. They provide a treasure trove of activities throughout the year, but increase ramp up their offerings during the summer to encourage children to continue reading.
In addition to your local public library, numerous companies offer summer reading programs, including:
Barnes and Noble for grades 1-6 until August 31.
Books a Million Summer Adventure for grades 1-6 until September 1.
Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards for those 14 and under until Aug 30
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain for those 14 years and under until June 30
Pizza Hut Book It! for grades K-6
Scholastic Summer Reading Program until Sept 7
SYNC audiobooks for 13 years and up until July 25
Whether your child earns prizes or reads just for the fun of it, encourage your child to read, read, and read some more this summer.