How to Create a Summer Reading Program

 How to Create a Summer Reading Program


As school comes to an end each year children eagerly put away their books. This might seem like a much needed rest period. However statistics show that as summer progresses reading levels begin to decline. Children need to continue to exercise these skills and summer reading programs are an integral part of this process. Students that read during summer vacation are better prepared for the next academic year. The information offered here will aid parents, teachers and librarians in creating an effective summer reading program for children. Included are online resources with examples from schools and libraries, and author suggestions for goal templates and reading charts included at the end of the page.

Database articles supporting reading programs

Do Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Achievement Gap? The Dominican Study

Proof Positive;hwwilsonid=CRW23OD22K3UNQA3DILCFF4ADUNGIIV0

Suggested Sites

Reading List for Students in Grades K-6 (St. Barbara School District)

St. Joseph School Library

All Saints’ Academy Summer Reading Program 2011 Grades K-5

All Saints’ Academy Summer Reading Program 2011 Grades 6-8

Book Review Sites for Children’s Books

The Children’s Book Review

Story Snoops

Booklist Online

Local Libraries:

Search your local library to rent titles instead of buying them.

Winter Haven Public

Lake Alfred Public

Lakeland Public

Lake Wales Public

Reading Amounts by Grade Level(suggested by Authors):

Each grade level has different amounts of required reading.

Grade Level

Recommended Reading

Grade Level

Recommended Reading


2 books per week

Fifth Grade

500 pages total

First Grade

50 pages total

Sixth Grade

Assigned Reading

Second Grade

100 pages total

Seventh Grade

Assigned Reading

Third Grade

200 pages total

Eighth Grade

Assigned Reading

Fourth Grade

400 pages total

Recommendations from the Authors (Call numbers in parenthesis)

Grades K-6th

Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie           (J Bar)

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans           (E Bem)

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry          (J Low)

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White            (J Whi)

King Arthur by James Riordan  (J 398.20936)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson       (J Ste)

 The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen   (J Yol)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis           (J Lew)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery    (J Mont)

Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lindgren    (J Lin)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame  (J Gra)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett           (J Bur)

The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter                   (J Pot)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald (J PB MacD)

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle            (JF Pyl)

Grades 7th & 8th

Dracula by Bram Stoker           (F Sto)

Hiroshima by John Hersey        (Y 940.54 H)

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury            (J Bra)

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling      (JF Row)

Johnny Tremain Esther Forbes  (J Forb Est)

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells         (YA F Wel)

A Separate Peace by John Knowles     (YA F Kno)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (J Dic)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee   (F Lee)

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank         (JB Fra)

The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain   (JF Twa)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain           (JF Twa)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving      (J Irv)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle           (M Doy)

*Below are Reading Logs created by the authors for parents/librarians to make use of. Web Printing Directions: Please highlight the appropriate table, right-click, print, print selection, okay.*

Reading Log Sheet Examples

Beginner’s/Easy Readers (Kindergarden-2nd Grade)


Book Title

Number of Pages


Like it?

Parent Signature



Intermediate Readers (3rd through 5th Grade)




Number of Pages

Like it?

Parent Signature

Advanced (6th through 8th Grade)




Like it?

Parent Signature


Roman, Susan, and Carole D Fiore. “Do Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Achievement Gap?.” Children & Libraries 8.3 (2010): 27-31. Web. 24 May 2011. <;hwwilsonid=CRW23OD22K3UNQA3DILCFF4ADUNGIIV0&gt;.

Roman, Susan, and Carole D Fiore. “Proof Positive.” School Library Journal 56.11 (2010): 26-29. Web. 24 May 2011. <;hwwilsonid=CRW23OD22K3UNQA3DILCFF4ADUNGIIV0&gt;.

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