Why is Summer Reading Important?

Summer can be challenging in further advancing a student’s reading skill. During the break in academic instruction their attention is not focused on school. Students lack of reading practice and ongoing development in literacy during summer vacation can cause significant decreases in their reading scores and overall academic achievement when they return to school after the summer break.

“Low-income students lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, while their middle-income peers tend to make gains in reading.” – The Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Young readers have a hard time staying motivated to pursue pleasure reading. Our Summer Reading Challenge provides children and teens of all socioeconomic backgrounds an opportunity to further their reading skills from challenging them to read specific minutes to reach goals to win prizes and continue reading throughout the summer. GRPL provides programs, workshops and activities to help students become productive citizens in their community.  The Summer Reading Challenge can be linked to the Common Core Standards for grades K-12.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10 (Kindergarten)
    Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 (Grades 1-2)
    Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.7 (Grades 3-5)
    Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.6 (Grades 6-8)
    Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.10 (Grades 9-10)
    By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.10 (Grades 11-12)
    By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.

With communities concerned about shrinking budgets and rising living expenses, this program provides a valuable resource that is available to all families. The Grand Rapids Public Library is able to provide these free programs that focus on making learning fresh and exciting throughout the summer!