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Summer Reading

I already shared some of my thoughts for summer reading . . .

And then I saw this video:

And then I immediately shared it with my colleagues and shared some suggestions to talk up summer reading in an email:

Please talk with your students about the importance of keeping that reading brain awake all summer long!

Here are just a few ideas that I will be sharing with my small groups (depending on grade level) - If you are interested, there are more ideas on my Summer Reading pinterest page too (

*Set a reading goal or sign an agreement:   

*Share book trailers to entice their reading brains:  (or use Google)

*Share with students your book stack and have students create their own list of books they want to read.  

*Talk about reading places and spaces. Maybe we'll copy this for all students:
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Research (Rasinski) states that providing students 15 books for the summer is equal to the time spend in summer school.  We cannot provide 15 books for every student, but encourage them to visit the library!

Summer reading is about CHOICE and ACCESS!  I know we don't have control once they leave our four walls . . . but we can sure try!

Thanks and hope you found an idea or two to share!

And then this led to an important conversation with my 4th and 5th grade students and we created a plan for their summer reading.

We folded a piece of paper in quarters and then two more folds about an inch on the top and bottom.  The top is for the title: Summer Reading.  Each square is to think about and record Who? we can read with or to;  What? we can read (genres, authors, series, new titles);  Where? we can read; When? we can read (including every day!) and the bottom Why? it is so important to continue reading all summer.

Here are a couple examples:

I feel the sense of urgency to continue reading through the summer --

And now my students feel it too.  Happy reading!


  1. There should be a sense of urgency around summer reading. Kudos to you for doing so much important work with your students around this topic. I'm sure many of them will benefit from knowing the importance of staying with books this summer!

  2. Thank you for this post. I teach the high school kids that are at the far end of the gap. Today I had planned to give them their summer reading lists (choose a book or two and read). Now, we will watch this video first.

    1. Thanks for reading it Amy! So glad you found it helpful. Best of lucking encouraging! I find it easier at my end with the elementary students, but you just never know once they leave school for the summer. This summer 3 of my colleagues and I planned some dates at the library and hope to see as many of our kiddos there as we can to continue to encourage!

  3. Michelle,
    I have appreciated your summer reading links on Pinterest and have pinned several to our class board for parents. It was interesting to see all of your links and thinking pulled together in this post. You make some great points. Smart to have taken the time to discuss this with students.



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