Summer Reading Reminders for Students

I always like to plan end-of-the-year activities for my library classes that encourage students to keep reading over the summer. As someone who always has stacks of books around the house, as well as a public library card, I take it for granted that time off from school just means MORE time to read.  But I realize that for many of our students, the opposite is true.

Here are a few things I like to do:

  I usually do a book swap during the last week of school, but this year we made that one of our Read Across America Day activities.  Click to download the flier I send home for the summer swap.

 Summer Reading BINGO, except I don’t play it as a bingo game.  I give each student a copy of the grid showing all the reading possibilities along with some colored pencils.  I put on some upbeat music and students move around the room collecting signatures from their classmates.  Each student signs a square representing one type of summer reading he/she will participate in.  Not only does this get kids planning for their reading, but it makes a nice memento with everyone’s autograph.  I have also used this as a back-to-school icebreaker, where students sign a square that represents a type of reading they actually did over the summer.  You can download the grid I use for free on Teachers Pay Teachers from Create Teach Share.  (Also includes a Summer Reading Bucket List, which is cool for setting individual reading goals.)

  I also like to create a Summer Reading Brochure tailored to my students as a way to share a lot of info in one place.  I include a definition of “summer slide” and how to overcome it; information on summer reading programs hosted by the public library, the local bookstore, and online sites; and summer reading lists including our state book award nominees for the upcoming year.  Since many kids now have some type of device capable of accessing the internet, I also include URLs for websites with free ebooks.  I include our school library collection, and a link to DISCUS Kids, which includes a free subscription to Tumblebooks for residents of South Carolina courtesy of our State Library.  (Your state library may offer something similar.)

  And finally I entice them with the promise of our annual Summer Reading Celebration, an ice cream sundae party for students who turn in a reading log (signed by a parent) of books they enjoyed during the break or a certificate of completion from an official summer reading program.

How do you get students excited about reading over the summer?  Leave a comment and share!

 

 

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