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Stop the Summer Slide!


When a player spends hours hitting a baseball or kicking a soccer ball, he will make progress. But if he stops for three months, will he hit a ball on the first swing or make a goal on the first kick? No, the continued practice is necessary. Just like playing a sport, reading is a skill that must be practiced.

summer slide describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward.

According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately 22% of the school year.... It is common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer."

The following tips and links are offered to help parents keep families reading together throughout the summer break. Enjoy the vacations and the fun in the sun, but don’t forget to READ every day.

Reading Resources

Local Programs and Challenges


Boles Fire District - Read to earn prizes and an invitation to a pizza party at the fire station


Scenic Regional Library - offers a summer of themed reading activities and prizes
Here's what is going on at the Union Branch:


All reading programs and events
Programs for teens


Barnes & Noble - Read 8 books, choose a FREE book from the store selection


Scholastic Reading Challenge - Register online to help set a new reading world record


Suggested Reading and Book Lists


Summer Bible Reading:


Book Reviews and Summer Reading Guide:


Children's Classics - A Booklist for Parents:


Focus on the Family Recommended Reading List


Books with online quizzes - Sylvan Learning:


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