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Summer reading for teachers: 25 books for your reading list

There’s no doubt that summer reading is good for students—there’s evidence of the importance of summer reading everywhere, including some recent findings from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. But picking up a good book isn’t only for kids. Stop your own summer slide by checking out this summer reading list made especially for teachers (and other grown-ups too).
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3 Tricks to Beat Summer Learning Loss

A growing body of research confirms that even small summer setbacks can result in big learning losses for many students—especially struggling readers. So what can you do to ensure that your students retain all the skills you’ve worked so hard to teach over the last year? Here are a few simple tricks to help you beat summer learning loss:
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Summer reading tips: Helping students access books during summer vacation

One of the biggest obstacles to summer learning is access to books. So talk to your students about where they can go to get books—the library, local book exchanges, even thrift stores. Send them home with information about these resources so their parents know where to go. And before you close up your classroom for the summer, give any books or magazines that won’t make it through the next year to students who might need them. Here are a few more ways you can make sure summer learning losses don't set your students back:
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Summer reading resources for parents

New research shows that parent involvement is the key to making summer reading effective, especially for struggling readers. So help parents get involved in their students' success by sending home our summer reading handout. The handout is available for download in English and in Spanish. You can also send home book lists to help parents choose good books for their kids to read. For ideas, check out our list of Newbery Award winners for parents and kids to read together, or this list of 31 favorite kids’ books. Keep clicking for more tips on beating summer learning loss.
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Technology that encourages kids to read during the summer

With TV shows, movies, and online games to distract them from reading, many students won’t touch a book all summer. But with educational TV shows and apps, you can be sure that students will be entertained and educated. Have your students play educational games on kid-friendly websites like Pbskids.org. And tell parents about educational TV shows like Nature, SciGirls, and Design Squad Nation—all on PBS. Here are a few more ways to make sure your students don't fall victim to the summer slide:
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