This past summer was our first opportunity to pilot Kids Read Now in five of the high-needs schools in our district. Many of these schools are in rural areas where access to books is an obstacle to summer reading. Receiving high-quality books in the mail encouraged more shared and independent reading during the summer months, especially due to the fact that the books were chosen by students and their teachers at the end of the school year. Our participation in Kids Read Now was a win-win for everyone involved.
As a parent, I love watching my children race to the mailbox over the summer to see which new books they've received. Once the book was in their hands they wanted to read it right away like it was a new treasure, which was starkly different than the books that were more like torture devices they received during the school year. Kids Read Now made reading FUN over the summer.
However, as a Title One reading teacher, I can not express enough how much I LOVE this program! Over the past several years that we have used the program, I have noticed that our students have not had as much of a decline in their reading levels over the summer as they had before Kids Read Now. In fact, the students usually maintain the reading level from the end of the previous school year or move up one or more reading levels. By providing students with access to books on their level over the summer through the mail, a lot of our students are no longer returning to school with steep declines which take months of instructional time to regain. THANK YOU KIDS READ NOW!
I appreciated that Kids Read Now helped me get quality books at their level into the hands of my students! It's important that kids are reading over the summer and this is a great way to help them do that as well as provide books that they can keep in their homes.
We have been working with Kids Read Now for the last few years to support students transitioning from one school to the next! The program does everything and then some to support students enjoying reading and involving families. We have been very fortunate to partner with them!
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
Ferndale Public Schools
Last summer was my first summer having students receive books. I loved the chance for them to get brand new books at their level!
What a great program to encourage the love of reading for our students, especially our kids that don't get to have a lot of their very own new books! Many of our families seemed very receptive and excited about the program. I am extremely excited for my own youngest child to take part in the program next summer! Wish we had this when my oldest two went through! Thanks for helping us to prevent the summer reading slide!