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Adapted from Not This But That: No More Summer-Reading Loss by Carrie Cahill, Kathy Horvath, Anne McGill-Franzen, and Richard Allington
Let's acknowledge that some of our well-intended end-of-the-year practices may actually discourage students from reading over the summer. For example: the summer reading list that teachers thoughtfully research, craft, and refine each year, in hopes that students will keep reading and stay "busy" during the summer. The list reflects hard work and good intention, but what does it communicate to a child?
Imagine your school grade self. The last bell of the year rings and you're practically out the door when your teacher hands you a booklist for summer reading. None of the titles mean anything to you, but you know the list is a command from your teacher to read at least some of them. What if it's difficult for you to access these books? Are you motivated, or will you put it in a drawer and go enjoy summer with your friends?
Is it any wonder why students don't read over the summer? We must assert for our students that authentic literary interactions with books can happen during the summer months. Here's how you can plan for summer reading success.