Summer reading is so important for students. There’s a report that found  95 percent of parents agreed that reading over the summer can help their child succeed the following school year, 47 percent—nearly half—were unaware of the “summer slide.”

The summer slide is a decline in reading level and content skills that can develop over the summer months when school is not in session.

How to Keep Kids Reading

Instead of giving a child a list of books to read, I encourage my students to participate in the summer reading mission that allows them to comprehend reading is everywhere, not just in books.

The first column tells the student what type of text to read. These items include a cereal box, a magazine article, and a recipe, etc. The second column tells the reader where to read, such as, under the table, at a park, etc.

It’s a fun reading challenge that I give to my students at the end of the year. I copy the summer reading challenge free printable on colored card stock and hand one to each student. Also, I email the guardians with the “summer slide” statistics and attach the summer reading challenge free printable.

Be sure to check out the following resources

How to Keep Kid’s Learning during the Summer

How to Organize a Book Basket – Keep Your Kids Reading

Free Summer Reading Log and Bookmarks

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