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Summer Library Program: Summer Reading Research

This guide covers everything you need to plan, promote, and execute your summer library program for all ages!

Summer Program Research

Use the resources on this page to further connect the importance of your summer library program with the needs of students during the summer months.

10 Critical Facts About Summer Reading

National Summer Learning Association

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing summer learning opportunities for all youth. NSLA offers expertise and support for programs and communities and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education.

CSLP Summer Reading White Paper

The CSLP Summer Reading white paper focuses on these three research questions:

1. What is the state of research on summer reading programs?

2. Are summer reading programs effective?

3. What are the best practices of summer reading programs?

Research, Impact, and Resources

Summer Reading from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report

Children from low-income families often do not have the same opportunities to learn and experience enriching activities during the summer as children from higher-income families. Consequently, they can lose ground academically, contributing to the persistent achievement gap between them and their more affluent peers. High-quality summer learning programs offering a combination of academics and enrichment could help. Browse the reports and other resources on these pages for insights into summer learning.