Why Summer Reading
Reading over the summer months prevents the "summer slump" or "summer slide" where students loose ground in their reading skills over the summer months.
The more students read, the easier it becomes, the faster they are able to read, and the more they comprehend.
Reading builds vocabulary.
Provides exercise for the mind and exercise builds up muscles - including the brain
It builds better writing skills because students are exposed to a wide variety of "good" writing.
People who do not read have no advantage over those people who cannot read
Summer Reading actively engages the mind so it will be sharp when school starts in the fall. Students won't need to "catch up" in the fall.
It encourages students to read other types of materials: books, magazines, newspapers, manuals, etc.
Reading expands students horizons - allowing them to: go places they might never see, experience time periods in which they will not live, meet people they would not get to meet in real life, live through situations they would never want to really encounter.
Can read an AR book over the summer (one that hasn't been read before) and then quickly reread it again before taking the AR test. Rereading has the advantage of better comprehension and getting more details that were missed the first time through - just like viewing a movie the second time, things are seen that were missed the first time.
Scholastic Summer Challenge
Why Summer Reading Programs are Important
Importance of Summer Reading
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Summer Reading at the Library