Even though summer reading is over for the summer, we encourage all kids to keep reading.
Kids Need to Read Daily for 20 minutes
A report – America Reads Challenge – from the US Dept of Education shows that a child who reads 20 minutes a day (for five days each week) will have an equivalent of 60 additional school days.
This additional 400 minutes a month will result in a better reader and writer who will gain more knowledge and vocabulary.
Summer Learning Loss
When kids take a break from school, they can lose some of the learning from the prior school year. To help kids succeed in school, the library works to keep them reading throughout the summer.
A challenging book: if the child in your care is finding a book challenging, offer to read it aloud together. You can either switch readers each page or chapter. Or read it aloud for them.
Let them read what they want: it’s summer time so it’s a good opportunity to read something that isn’t required reading.
Audio is an option too: this format is great for reluctant readers, for kids with learning disabilities and for long road trips!
Ask a librarian for recommendations and advice: They read a lot of great books!