Rather than stressing about summer learning loss, researchers urge focusing on the joy of learning. While reading is especially important to keep up in the summer, children have more time to dive into topics they can’t pursue during the school year. A meta-analysis of 41 summer reading interventions shows the benefit to reading comprehension for children from low-income backgrounds. Yet lack of access to books still remains the biggest barrier to literacy development in the United States.

You can help kids enhance their learning and stave off the summer slide with free, high-interest books for children who need them! Organize a book drive, Give Books, and Get Books at our Book Bank for the under-resourced children you serve.