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“The more that you read, the more things you know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss ~

Research has repeatedly shown that progress in reading students make during the school year can be lost if they don’t continue to read over the summer.  Studies also show that, for most children, reading four to six books over the summer will maintain their reading skills

There are several ways parents can support their children’s summer reading.

  • Visit the library. Local libraries usually have a number of summer programs available to children.
  • Let children choose books that are interesting to them, even if a book may seem too easy or too hard. Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus at USC found that giving children choice about their reading “not only improves their comprehension, it can improve their spelling, writing and grammatical development.”
  • Show an interest in your child’s reading. Ask him to tell you about the books he’s reading.
  • Set aside time each day for a family read aloud. Children of all ages love to be read to, and this gives kids an opportunity to experience books that might be too hard for them to read on their own. Audiobooks are a good choice if you’ll be traveling.

Many booklists are available to help you and your child locate entertaining titles. The Connecticut State Library has created several, organized by grade level:

Nominees for The Nutmeg Award, Connecticut’s state book award, are also good choices. Lists of nominated books for the 2016 award can be found here.

These websites also have great suggestions:

No matter which books your child chooses, remember the wise words of Kate DiCamillo, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature: “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.”

Happy reading!

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