We’ve all seen studies citing summer as a time when kids with no access to stimulating experiences or books can slip behind their peers. It’s known as “summer slide.” The effects are sobering and can be long-lasting. 

However, keeping the focus on finding fun, interesting books to pique kids’ interest will go a long way toward making the slide just another thing on the playground. And, good news: even bursts of finite reading are helpful!

  • Reading just 20 minutes per day keeps reading skills sharp during the summer
  • Reading at least six books over the summer helps prevent students from losing reading skills

Want some tips on finding books to whet kids’ reading appetites over the summer? NoveList can help.

  1. Print out our infographic on combatting summer slide. Post it prominently and share it as you promote your summer reading programs.  
  2. Share this video on ways to help parents easily identify books perfect for their kids’ pleasure reading. Michigan area libraries did a campaign on it last year.
  3. Check out the Recommended Reads lists in NoveList. Print them out then head to the shelves to find fun nonfiction, pink and sparkly books or spooky mysteries. 
  4. Car time can be reading time. Whether a short trek across town or a longer road trip, use NoveList to find just the right audiobooks to make those drives count!
  5. Browse for cool titles. NoveList’s genre browse makes it easy. You’ll find great suggestions for younger kids, older kids, and teens.
  6. Find books at the right age and reading level. NoveList has search strategies on finding just-right books that are a click away.

Keep kids reading all summer long to keep summer slide away!

Kathy Stewart is a NoveList Consultant.