Research says young readers who do not continue to read over the summer are likely to lose crucial ground - especially those who are reluctant readers or at-risk. One summer off can mean a whole school year of struggling academic performance. “Evidence suggests three months of learning is lost for the average student who doesn’t read during the summer,” says Richard Allington, professor of literacy at the University of Tennessee.
Remember summer reading is about making reading fun and enjoyable. Many times parents get hung up on whether their children are reading books for their grade level. Allington says that kids need to engage in “high success” reading. This means that students can read 99% of the words and understand at least 90% of the plot. If the book is too hard, it will not produce growth and can turn kids off from reading. Instead let children choose books according to their interests and comfort level. Reading need not be limited to books, either. Magazines, digital resources, newspapers are all great sources of reading material as well. “Let them read whatever they want to read in summer,” says Allington.