Studies and Reports on Reading:
Several studies have documented a “summer slide” in reading skills once school lets out each spring. The decline in reading and spelling skills are greatest among low-income students, who lose the equivalent of about two months of school each summer, according to the National Summer Learning Association, an education advocacy group. And the loss compounds each year.
From University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Fun, Sun and Good Books: UT Experts Say Summer Reading Keeps Skills Strong (July 21, 2010)
UTK faculty members Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen have completed a three-year study showing a significantly higher level of reading achievement in students who received books for summer reading at home.
A research brief on summer reading, the advantages of public library summer reading programs, and recommendations for such programs. Includes an annotated bibliography.
Full press release from Nation’s Report Card:
Based on the findings of a recent three-year study, we can confirm what many librarians have long suspected: students who take part in their local library’s summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills.
Summer Reading Programs in Action
An online community for summer readers in NYC. (2010 has been dismantled other than a video explaining how to use the site, which will relaunch in the summer).
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.
ets the theme each year for Children, Teens, and Adults.
Themes for the 2011 programs:
“One World, Many Stories" for children,
“You are Here" for young adults, and
"Novel Destinations" for adults.
Some material can only be accessed by registered CSLP members. Here are some open resources: Adult Program, Childrens Program
2011 Ohio Summer Reading Program:
An extensive collection of resources and links to support the activities for reading programs
2010 Ohio Summer Reading Program Evaluation Report
From Idaho Commission for Libraries:
Summer Learning Loss and Library Summer Reading Program (PDF) (Sept. 2010) report
From State Library of Virginia:
Summer Reading Programs: Begin With A Plan: Enid Costley offers ideas for setting goals and objectives for summer reading programs
Aimed at parents, focused on children
Books on the subject
Children's Library Services Handbook
by Jane Gardner Connor (Oryx, 1990) pp. 83-87.
Children’s services: Partnerships for Success
edited by Betsy Diamant-Cohen (American Library Association, 2010)
Fiore’s Summer Library Reading Program Handbook
by Carole D. Fiore (Neal-Schumann, 2005)
Getting Connected: Tech Programs for Teens
by RoseMary Honnold (Neal-Schumann, 2007)
Running Summer Library Reading Program
by Carole D. Fiore (Neal-Schumann, 1998)
Sizzling Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults 2d ed.
by Katharine L. Kan (American Library Association, 2006)
Summer Reading Program Fun: Ten Thrilling, Inspiring, Wacky Board Games for Kids
by Wayne L. Johnson and Yvette C. Johnson (American Library Association, 1999)