Summer Reading/Supply Lists

Supply List 2017 (all grades) (Printable)

Summer Reading List 2017 (all grades) (Printable)

The Importance of Summer Reading (

Why is reading in the summer important? Is it something teachers just say because they think they are supposed to? Is it something that parents encourage as one thing for children to do in the summer?

As a school, we encourage reading in fall, winter, spring, and summer. Reading can open so many doors and offer so many great opportunities for learning and enjoyment.

Here are a few things recently found concerning the importance of summer reading:

“The benefits to readers in a summer reading program include encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit, reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities, reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, and programs can generate interest in the library and books.” (ALA Library Fact Sheet)

“Children who don’t read over the summer tend to lose literacy skills while children who do read during the summer actually improve their reading ability. Summer learning losses accumulate over several years and are an important contributor to the achievement gap.”  (State Liberty of Iowa)

“The body of existing research demonstrates the critical importance that the early development of summer reading habits can play in providing the foundation for later success.” (New York State Library)

“The number of books read during the summer is consistently related to academic gains. Children in every income group who read six or more books over the summer gained more in reading achievement than children who did not. The use of the public library during the summer is more predictive of vocabulary gains than attending summer school is.” (State Library of North Carolina) quoted in the State Library of Iowa site)

“If children read one million words a year, at least one thousand words will be added to their vocabulary. (One study found this could easily be accomplished by letting children and teens read any format reading material they wanted, including comic books and teen romances.) (That’s an average of 2,868 words per day!)” (State Library of Iowa)

“According to Mc-Gill Franzen and Allington (2004), “Too many children spend their summer with no books to read.” Their research cites the necessity of finding novel ways to get books into the hands of children during summer breaks. This idea is supported by research from Barbara Heyn (1978), who found that reading was the most influential factor related to summer learning.

Further studies by Krashen (2004) simply state, “More access to books results in more reading.” These and other studies find that when schools close their doors, the opportunity to read is often closed with them, especially for those children without access to books.” (New York State Library)