Summer Reading Tips for Students and Parents
Book recommendations, activities, and tips help you encourage students and parents to read together all summer long
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Just because the school year is ending, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Students who don’t continue reading over the summer are likely to lose ground. Before you set your students free, encourage them to keep reading. We’ve gathered together book recommendations, activities, tips, and resources to help you motivate all your young readers.
Summer Reading Challenge
Direct parents to these activities, games, and challenges. Videos from Francie Alexander, Pam Allyn, and from teachers and parents provide tips for getting involved in summer reading. Discover free reading resources for every day of the week with the new Summer Reading Calendar App. Download the Scholastic Reading Timer Mobile App so kids can log minutes, time themselves reading, and parents can track their progress and get daily reading tips.
Ready-to-Print Summer Book Lists (PDF)
Get readers excited with these recommended books. Before you dismiss your class for the summer, share these book lists with your students and their parents.
Mrs. Chandler's Jumpstart for Summer Reading
This master teacher shares ideas for making a smooth transition at the end of the year and offers three ways to encourage students to complete their summer assignments.
Mrs. Connell's Class Is Reading for Dollars All Summer
Third-grade teacher Genia Connell shares her unique incentive program that truly motivates even the most reluctant reader.
Reading Tracking Sheets (PDF)
Inspire your students to keep track of the books they read all summer long! Print out these fresh and fun summer-themed tracking sheets and hand them out to your students.
Bridging the Summer Reading Gap
See what the researchers say about the learning risks that accompany a bookless summer vacation.
Summer Reading Teaching Plan
See how you can help beginning readers continue to work on their skills and encourage parents to provide support.