Books Beat Summer Slide

Books Beat Summer SlideClassrooms packed, desks emptied, another school year is coming to a close. Summertime is on the horizon and for kids, that means three precious months of sweet, sticky freedom.

But when kids from low-income families leave school for the summer, the outlook isn’t always so sunny.  While their more affluent peers may be visiting libraries, attending summer camp and reading their favorite stories every night, kids in need often spend the summer months without access to books and learning opportunities.

Over the years, those months add up – by the end of 5th grade, kids from low-income families are nearly three grades behind their peers in reading skills.

But there’s good news! Books beat summer slide.

Studies show that kids’ reading skills improve when they have access to books over the summer – and this is especially true for kids in need. In fact, children who are given access to books over the course of three summers perform 35-40% better on reading achievement tests than those without.

Together we can fight summer slide by getting books into the hands of kids in need.

If you work with children in need, you can access books, games, activities and other resources to keep kids learning all summer long. Sign up with First Book today!

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Posted in Books & Reading, Success Stories, Summer Reading
2 comments on “Books Beat Summer Slide
  1. Karen Gfroerer says:

    My school is signed up with First Books and have been unable to take advantage of low prices because of no funding. Are there opportunities to receive books for students without a cost that can be picked up somewhere, rather than having them shipped?

  2. Samantha McGinnis Samantha McGinnis says:

    Hi Karen,

    We sometimes able to offer opportunities where you can pick up books from a local distribution. When these opportunities are available in your area you will receive an email from First Book alerting you that the event is coming soon. Keep your eyes on your email for future opportunities!