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May 31, 2024 ELA K-5, ELA Focus - Reading, ELA 6-8, ELA Resources - Graphic Organizers, ELA Resources - Activities, ELA Seasonal - Summer

Summer Reading 2024– Free Resources that Will Keep Kids Engaged

In this post, we'll discuss what it takes to execute a Summer Reading 2024 action plan, including strategies for setting up a successful reading routine and keeping kids engaged during their summer reading time. You’ll also find a list of books that will get kids hooked and keep them reading all summer long. Plus, download the 2024 Summer Reading Resource Kit to get a variety of summer reading printables.


Teachers and Parents Working Together to Prevent Summer Reading Loss

Teachers play a big role in helping families set up summer reading plans. But it’s ultimately parents who are the key to keeping students reading over the summer. They are the key motivators for fighting summer reading loss!

As much as we want our children to enjoy the freedom and relaxation that summer offers, it is critical that they also continue to read often, engage with the texts they are reading, and enjoy the books they select.

Skipping summer reading altogether can have some negative consequences for students’ intellectual growth and development:

  • Children that don’t read during their summer vacation can lose up to three months of reading achievement.
  • Summer learning loss impacts:
    • Reading fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension
    • And more

While parents need to oversee the summer reading routine during the break, educators need to play a role, too. Teachers need to partner with parents by sending home resources as well as making every attempt to recruit every parent to fight summer reading loss. So, how do you do that? We’re here to help! With the ideas and activities in the 2023 Summer Reading Resource Kit you can help parents motivate kids to read over the summer!


Teachers need to partner with parents by sending home resources as well as making every attempt to recruit every parent to fight summer reading loss.

Download and share the Summer Reading Resource Kit, which includes:

  • 10 Ways Parents Can Fight Summer Reading Loss Tip Sheet
  • Summer Reading Questions Bookmark
  • Summer Reading Strategies Prompt
  • My Summer Reading Success Chart
  • My Summer Reading Success Activities
  • Annotating Practice Worksheets

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Summer Reading 2024 Action Plan

Create a Reading Culture in the Home by Implementing Reading Routines or Habits

Everyone recognizes that kids today love all things digital and live most of their lives virtually. Bold visuals, animation, interactive media, lifelike graphics, streaming services, and online networking have become the norm for children. As technology continues to advance and virtual tools and worlds evolve, it can feel like we are all drifting further away from simple standard practices ... like reading a book.

Getting kids to turn off YouTube® and pick up a book (whether print or digital) this summer DOES not have to be difficult. The 10 Ways Parents Can Fight Summer Reading Loss Tip Sheet outlines strategies for introducing and executing reading routines in the home. Download the 2024 Summer Reading Resource Kit to access the tip sheet.


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Find a Summer Reading Recommendation List

One key to keeping kids engaged during their summer reading is to pick books they will enjoy. If you’re a teacher, consider sending parents a list of texts you recommend for summer reading. If parents find themselves without ideas for summer reading, parents can check out social media accounts dedicated to reviewing books for kids. A quick google search will bring up a variety of accounts to follow!

Teachers and parents can also get the community involved in summer reading efforts! One person in the community you can count on to offer summer reading suggestions and inspire children to read is your school or town librarian. Librarians are also an invaluable resource because you can work with them to set up an individualized summer reading program for your child. Check with your local librarian to see if he or she is available to visit. It is a great motivator for kids.

Utilize Summer Reading Printables to Help Kids Stay on Track and Improve Reading Skills

Once youve established some fun reading routines and rituals with your children, youll also want to make sure that they are making the most of their reading time by engaging with the textnot just flipping the pages.

Lets face it: its easy to check out when youre reading. I start in on a page, and pretty soon Im thinking about the laundry I have to do or the toy I need to pick up in another room. Reading a book on summer break can certainly take kids on a mental vacation but getting the greatest benefits of reading requires kids digest what they are consuming on each page. Thats why its important for parents/guardians to use engagement strategies to help kids (and themselves) stay on track while reading during summer. Here are some of Sadliers free downloads that make excellent summer reading printables.

It’s important that parents/guardians use engagement strategies to help kids (and themselves) stay on track while reading during summer.


Summer Bookmark Printable

I am a huge fan of bookmarks because they can be a great tool for kids to use during independent reading. Every June, I share a special bookmark printable with students to use during summer break. This bookmark printable is probably the most important one that I give them all year, because over the summer I want my students to keep thinking while they are reading. Grab the summer bookmark printable for your students and download the Summer Reading Resource Kit.


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Each reading strategies bookmark has a list of questions and reflections that students can look at periodically while reading, and then again after they complete the book. These questions and reflections ensure that students develop a deep understanding of the text by forcing them to stop periodically and reflect on what they are reading.

The reading strategies bookmark questions and reflections are:

  • Predict what will happen next.
  • Do you know the problem?
  • Make a connection with another text.
  • What are you visualizing?
  • Notice what the main character says and does.
  • Are there emerging themes?
  • Look for the solution.
  • What is the lesson?
  • Describe the author’s craft.
  • Do you like the book? Would you recommend it?

Printable Summer Reading Log

Although reading logs are not an earth-shatteringly new strategy, they can serve as a powerful tool for reminding and motivating children to read on summer break! Download the Summer Reading Resource Kit to get a printable summer reading log that helps kids track their reading progress and that includes motivating rewards and activities.


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Annotating a Text Practice

For those summer days parents find reading material is running low, they can have kids complete one of our annotating practice worksheets! The process of annotating helps readers learn to keep track of their thinking and to make connections with what they are reading. With these worksheets students are provided a text for reading and annotation. Since these annotating exercises require that the text be read through three times, kids are guaranteed to get the 20 minutes of reading required for their summer reading log. To learn more about annotating strategies, click here!

Download the Summer Reading Resource Kit now to get the annotating worksheets!


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Book-Specific Activities Designed to Improve Reading Comprehension

During summer break its common for parents/guardians to want to help their child dig deeper into the meaning and elements of a text, but not know where to start. I find it beneficial to explain to parents that they can select reading material based on companion activities available online that will strengthen important reading skills. Below are some of Sadlier’s free worksheets created for specific books that parents/guardians can use to ensure their child is strengthening their reading comprehension skills!


Isle of the Lost Character Analysis

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Pax Theme Think Sheet

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Nory Ryan's Song Graphic Organizer

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I Survived Setting Analysis

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A Mother's Wish Compare & Contrast 

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

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Interactive Read Alouds

Research demonstrates the value of reading aloud to kids of ALL ages several times a week. Interactive Read Alouds are an awesome resource that can be used periodically throughout the summer to foster the love of reading in kids and help them develop high-level thinking.

An Interactive Read Aloud is when a teacher (or parent) orally reads a purposefully-selected book to students, while asking corresponding, thought-provoking discussion questions throughout the reading process. Interactive Read Alouds provide children with an engaging reading experience that enables them to make meaning, to develop high-level thinking, and to listen to others while discussing a book. An Interactive Read Aloud is NOT when a teacher (or parent) has five minutes to fill time and grabs a book from the shelf to quickly read to kids. To learn more about Interactive Read Alouds, click here!

Sadlier has made integrating Interactive Read Alouds into your summer plans a breeze! Download our free Critical Thinking Interactive Read Aloud Bundle that includes detailed guides and discussion questions for seven different books. Once parents have these Interactive Read Alouds the only thing left for them to do is to track down the books online or at a local library. Download the bundle now!


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Get Your 2024 Summer Reading Started

To stop summer reading loss, it’s critical that teachers and parents work together to offer students exciting texts, strategies to stay engaged, and routines for ensuring they have a successful and pleasant summer reading experience. Using the strategies and summer reading printables highlighted in this article, students can increase their love of reading and maintain key comprehension skills while on summer break. Download our FREE Summer Reading Resource Kit now and get started!