What is READS for Summer Learning?

READS for Summer Learning is an evidence-based summer reading intervention with both in-school and home-based components. READS was designed for children in 2nd through 5th grade who are at risk of experiencing summer reading loss. The goal of the program is to improve reading comprehension by fostering children’s engagement with books over the summer. We believe that children are “engaged” with books when they are motivated to read them on their own and in ways that increase their reading comprehension. The three key elements (“ABCs”) of READS for Summer Learning are:

A ccess to books at home, including a wide variety of texts.

B ooks that are well-matched to each child’s reading level and interests.

C omprehension activities, including teacher scaffolding of summer book reading through end-of-year lessons, summer follow-up phone calls, and family support of summer reading.

Are you interested in implementing READS for Summer Learning in your school?  

We have created a free library of READS materials that you can access and use with your student(s).  We strongly suggest that before requesting access to the library, you complete a set of instructional modules that describe the problem of summer learning loss and our approach to encourage reading.  

Click on the links (on the right) to access the introductory modules and the library. 

Watch the video to learn more about the READS for Summer Learning program

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