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Summer Reading 2023

Summer Reading 2023

Reading over the summer months - reading for pleasure - really does make a difference to your child’s learning. Students gain a better sense of themselves and their world through reading literature and rich non-fiction. When students consistently practice reading over the summer, they improve their reading fluency, vocabulary, and overall comprehension. Cultivating independent summer reading habits fosters a love for reading and encourages lifelong learning practices.

Help your child have fun, positive reading experiences this summer. Here are five easy-to-implement ways you can help your child read this summer:

  • Guide them to recognize that reading is important. Be a role model for reading and call out the literacy skills you use. Let your child see you reading throughout the day and use daily routines as reading opportunities. Cooking, looking for information online, reading directions, or following a map all provide authentic reading experiences. 
  • Give your child the power of choice. Having reading materials available is key to helping kids love to read, and the reading materials kids choose themselves are the best. Children and teens frequently say they are more motivated to read and are more likely to finish a book they have picked out. Help your child find texts that appeal to his or her interests, yet are age-appropriate and ‘just right’ in difficulty. 
  • Set aside time to read every day. We know that the more kids read, the better they become at reading and the more they will enjoy reading. During the summer, encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes per day. Make reading ‘downtime’—an opportunity for family members to read together, either aloud or quietly to themselves. 

If your child is learning to read, read to, and with your child, talk about the pictures, and guide them to make connections with their own lives and experiences. Have them find different letters and sight words. For a list of the essential 100 sight words, click here

Students who engage in regular independent reading during the summer demonstrate higher reading achievement scores compared to those who do not. 

  • Talk it up. Talking about books during and after reading helps improve comprehension. Encourage your child to share their ideas and opinions by asking open-ended questions. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you— soon they might start doing the same. 
  • Be part of a reading challenge. Redwood City Public Library has a 2023 Summer Reading Challenge with events, free books and prizes. You can even create your own family reading challenge. 

Note: The public library also has a program for lending devices to students. 

Have a great summer and happy reading! 

Redwood City School District

Parent Resources

Common Sense Media 

How do I get my kids to read more?
How to raise a reader? 
How do I get my teen to read more books?
Nine ways to get teens reading?


Parent reading tips by topic
Information about reading for families 
How to get your teen to read

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