Summer Reading Research

Studies have been done which show that public library summer reading programs enhance student achievement. Below are a few web sites which highlight research on summer reading and its effects on student achievement.

John Hopkins study

Summer vacations cause disadvantaged children to fall behind.

New York State Library Summer Reading Program
This is a compendium of research and resources, including the 2010 research brief "The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning," and an extensive annotated bibliography of the current research done by experts in the filed (Permission granted to use this resource by the New York State Library). The New York State Library has created fact sheets which will assist librarians, parents, and educators in the promotion of reading throughout the summer. These fact sheets are available in a number of languages. Thanks to Karen Balsen, New York State Library, for these resources.

No Child Left Behind Summer Reading Achievers
U.S. Department of Education sponsored this program designed to encourage students in grades K-8 to read during the summer months and to help prevent fall-off in reading skills during vacation months.


Flier for parents which shares information on the benefits of summer reading. Published by the Colorado State Library and is available in both English and Spanish.
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