Summer Reading Loss
What is Summer Reading Loss?
What causes Summer Reading Loss?
What are the effects of summer reading loss?
Providing students with access to adequate and interesting reading material is the best way to help prevent summer reading loss. Teachers and school systems struggle with the best way to approach this issue. There are several simple solutions.
1. Host a book fair in the weeks prior to school ending for the summer. Take
up donations for those students who are unable to purchase books.
2. Initiate a book swap. Have students bring books they no longer read and
exchange them with other students.
3. Allow students to checkout books from the school library during summer
break. There's no need in allowing those books to sit and collect dust during
the summer months.
Providing parents with information on the benefits of reading and tips of how to approach summer reading are also ways that teachers can prevent summer reading loss in students. Below are links for teachers and parents that offer a number of tips and information regarding summer reading loss.
This link offers resources and articles for teachers regarding summer reading loss. The information found here and resources can be shared with parents in an effort to prevent summer reading loss.
This is a link that provides useful information on ways to prevent summer reading loss.
This link offers summer reading tips to parents of kindergarteners, first graders and second graders.
Allington, R. L. (2013). What will your students read next summer?. English Leadership Quaterly, 36(1), 3. Retrieved from http://www.ncte.org/journals/elq
Allington, R. L., & McGill-Franzen, A. (2013). Eliminating summer reading setback: How we can close the rick/poor achievement gap. Reading Today, 30(5), 10-11. Retrieved from www.reading.org
Crowell, D. C., & Klein, T. W. (1981). Preventing summer loss of reading skills among primary children. The Reading Teacher, 34(5), 561-564. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/20195288
Kaminski, J. (Producer) (2013, January 30). What is summer reading loss. What is
Summer Reading Loss. [Video podcast]. Retrieved from
Summer learning. (2011, April 27). HorizonsNational. [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahhj3wxxkdM