All-in-One Planner Maps out Steps to Summer Reading Success
Instituting a summer reading challenge doesn’t have to require superhuman ability--
especially not with the help of the Scholastic Book Fairs® Summer Reading Success
Kit, a new, no-cost all-in-one planner that gives you everything you need to equip your
students for summer reading success.
A three-year study by University of Tennessee professors Drs. Richard Allington and
put summer reading on every school’s front burner when the
team’s research showed summer reading was equivalent to a student attending three
years of summer school and resulted in a 35 to 40 percent spike in reading achievement
scores in the ensuing school year.
Insight from an Educator:
Education consultant Sandi Novak sees the Summer Reading Success Kit as a powerful tool for educators. “As a principal and assistant superintendent, I always encouraged students to read over the summer months. However, Dr. Richard Allington’s research compels me to do more. Knowing this research, I would do at least five things. First, I would schedule a Book Fair to provide students with access to high-quality, affordable books that they want to read. Second, I would enroll every one of my students in the Read for the World Record program to track their reading minutes over the summer months. Third, I would inform parents and teachers of ways they could be involved to continue to motivate students to read over the summer months. Fourth, I would use some of the best practices offered in the Summer Reading Success Kit to encourage all students to read, read, read. Finally, I would plan a wonderful celebration for my school community as our students' reading improves each following school year.”
"A big part of our mission is building stronger readers. Our Summer Success Kit
into one resource tips, strategies, and know-how that we've gained over the past four
years of implementing a strong summer reading program," says Frank Loose, senior
marketing manager with Scholastic Book Fairs.
The Success Kit includes information about hosting a summer reading Book Fair and
participating in the Scholastic Summer Challenge, in which 193,000 students from more
than 4,400 schools read a record 95.9 million minutes in 2012 through Read for the
World Record. The top 20 schools are listed in the 2014 Scholastic Book of World
The planner also provides:
• Best practices gleaned from fellow educators
• How-to advice
• QR codes linking to online resources
• Month-by-month planner pages filled with tips and suggested activities
• Fun facts about the Scholastic Summer Challenge to help inspire reading.
Booktalks about current titles give educators ideas for motivating independent reading,
and an interactive Reading Estimator helps educators decide their school's summer
reading goal. "We also outline an Annual Independent Reading Plan to help educators
think about reading year-round rather than just during the academic year," Frank
A limited number of hardcopies of the kit is available from your sales consultant or field
sales representative. Click here
to learn more about the no-cost Summer Reading