June 05, 2017
Summer learning loss is a problem that affects children from families of all races and income levels. Students fall behind academically — up to 2-3 months of reading and math skills — if they aren’t exposed to engaging activities during school breaks.
In a recent summer reading report by Scholastic Books, only 48% of parents were aware of the “summer slide,” with 21% of children from low-income families never reading a single book from June to August.
Survey results from parents of children ages 6-17 show the 3 best ways to make sure children pick up a book this summer:
66% of parents with children ages 6-11 said going to the library was the #1 reason their children read at all during the summer
More than half of participating parents said allowing their children to pick their own books helped get them excited about reading
56% reported that packing books for road trips and flights kept their children entertained and engaged
To learn more about summer learning loss and summer reading statistics, visit the full 2017 report on the official Scholastic site.