The Importance of Summer Reading for Students
The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress, and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.
Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. Self-selection, access to books, and sharing books are essential factors in reading motivation. Free, voluntary reading is essential to helping students become better readers, writers, and spellers. It also empowers critical thinking skills. Reading can enhance empathy and lead to greater understanding of people who are different from ourselves, and it can help us appreciate other points of view.
Reading aloud to children at an early age is the most effective way to help them learn language and to communicate with the written word.
Reading for pleasure is one of the building blocks needed for young people to grow into healthy, productive adults.
Our public library systems help to keep your child engaged in learning in the summer months. See the image above to learn more about the Building Better Readers Together initiative between Tempe Public Libraries and Tempe Elementary School District.