Summer is a perfect time to continue learning, enhancing literacy skills and avoiding the summer slide.


Reading during the summer is essential to literacy development and building vocabulary. Reading also improves the ability to read, write, spell and comprehend. The more students read, the better readers and writers they become.

Summer reading also gives high school students an advantage. Students that read during the summer months are more likely to score higher on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement (AP) Exams. Some books form a part of college required reading lists. For students, these titles may get them ahead of the class as they find they have greater engagement in their classes.

Books found on college-bound reading lists also help students dig deeper by providing historical and social context for high school and college students in their other courses.

To-Kill-a-Mockingbird-BookClassic vs. Contemporary Novels

While literary classics are vital to developing written and verbal skills, contemporary novels can provide just as much help and influence to students preparing for tests as well as classes.

Find your niche or favorite new authors by asking your English teacher or visiting the local library. 

Click on the Links to Get a Few Ideas to Add to Your Summer Reading List

101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

College Board’s 101 Books for the College-Bound Reader


A student’s critical reading skills are fundamental to academic success and essential to continued success in college and future career.


Why is Summer Reading Important?

When students don’t read during the summer, they experience learning loss. Experts call this summer learning loss the “summer slide.” Students who experience the loss are more likely to struggle when they return to school in the fall.

Did you know …

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Learning and achievement are perishable. The average student loses a month of academic-calendar learning each summer.[/li] [li] The impact of the summer slide contributes to a more pronounced achievement gap.[/li][/ul][ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Research has found a link between socioeconomic status and the loss of reading skills experienced over the summer.[/li] [li] Studies show older students lose more over the summer than younger ones. [/li][/ul][ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Students see greater academic dips in math than in reading.[/li][/ul]

Celebrate summer reading! It pays off!