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Research About the Benefits of Summer Reading

The Dominican Study: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap [pdf]
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a three year research study to answer the question: do public library summer reading programs impact student achievement?" (pg. 8).

Evaluation of the Summer Library Reading Program: Books and Beyond...Take Me to Your Reader! [pdf]
An evaluation of the 2001 summer reading program in 5 county library systems in Southern California, submitted to the Los Angeles County Public Library Foundation.

Fun, Sun, and Good Books: UT Experts say Summer Reading Keeps Skills Strong
Press release highlighting research conducted by Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen, education professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

How to Make Summer Reading Effective [pdf]
Research Brief from the National Summer Learning Association highlighting the research of Dr. James Kim, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard University.

The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning [pdf]
Research brief from the New York State Library with an extensive annotated bibliography of summer reading research.

Making a Difference: The 2006 "Guys Read" Book Club Summer Program for Boys, Hennepin County Library
Evaluation of the 2006 summer reading program, based on author Jon Sczieska's Guys Read initiative, designed specifically for boys in grades 4-6 in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Note: Scroll down the page to find the PowerPoint presentation.

Summer Reading from Reading Rockets
Activities, research highlights, and multimedia presentations about summer reading from Reading Rockets, an educational initiative of WETA, Washington D.C.'s public television and radio station.

The Role of Public Libraries in Children's Literacy Development: An Evaluation Report [pdf]
Dr. Donna Celano (Temple University) and Dr. Susan B. Neuman (University of Michigan) examine and evaluate the role of public libraries in Pennsylvania in helping children develop literacy skills through preschool and summer reading programs.

Take Five for Education: Tips from UT about Children's Summer Reading
5 tips to motivate kids to read over the summer from Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen, education professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.