Importance of Reading over the Summer

Summer Reading Loss occurs when children learning to read, take a protracted break from regular reading.

  • Upon returning to school,
    • Children who read in the summer have increased reading skills while children who do not lose as much as three months of reading skills.
    • These summer readers immediately start back to school building upon their reading skills while non-summer readers spend weeks reviewing, relearning, and recovering reading skills.
  • This difference means that non-summer readers typically do not catch up with children who read over the summer. Between grades 1 through 6, this summer reading difference cumulatively can became a one and a half year reading gap.

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