Reading by the beach

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Summer reading is an important activity for children and teens to help prevent the summer slide in reading levels. Schools, school libraries, public libraries, families, and whānau can help students to read over the holidays by working together with support, encouragement, and access to enjoyable reading material.

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Boy in tractor wheel doing summer reading

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Take a community approach to summer reading Learn why summer reading is important and how schools, families/whānau and public libraries can collaborate and support students to read over the summer.

Summer slide graph

Research on the summer slide and summer reading Look at recent New Zealand and overseas research into students’ reading loss over the long summer break. Use the research findings to provide inspiration for planning a summer reading initiative in your school.

Summer reading display

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Schools — how to support students' summer reading Schools and school libraries that encourage children and teens to read over the summer holidays help prevent the summer slide in learning.

Father and daughter reading

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Families — keeping your child or teen reading over summer Learn ways parents, families and whānau can support children or teenagers to read for pleasure over the holidays and avoid the summer slide.

Girls reading in the library during summer

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Public libraries — encourage summer reading Many public libraries offer summer reading programmes for children and teens. Summer reading provides the perfect opportunity to connect (or strengthen existing connections) between schools and the public library.