Kids Who Read during the Summer Succeed
Kids who participate in library summer reading programs are better prepared for the next school year.
- Young people can lose 2-3 months of progress in reading achievement over the summer.
- Reading 5 books over the summer prevents learning loss, according to a White House study.
- Struggling students, who may have negative perceptions about school, can use public libraries as a "neutral zone" to explore reading.
- Selecting their own books helps young readers broaden their horizons and discover new interests.
- Libraries encourage reading as a lifelong habit.
- Library programs offer free, constructive, supervised enrichment activities where kids can socialize.
- The program can generate ongoing interest in the library and books.
More kids partake in public library summer reading programs each year than play Little League baseball.
For more information on Summer Reading research, visit http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_slp#research.