The Falk Free Press Guide to Preventing the Summer Slide
by Britany Ugalde, age 11; Ajah Dye, age 11; and Patricia Fenne-Garcia, age 11
Summer time is great
for a lot of reasons. It’s warmer, there’s no school, there’s
no rules, and there’s so much free time. With almost three months
of summer vacation, it is important to add in some reading to your
At Falk Free Press we think that
reading over the summer is vital to helping prevent summer slide. The
summer slide happens when kids don’t read or do any academics over
the summer. This causes kids to forget a lot of what they have
learned during the school year, making their reading and literacy
levels “slide” downward. While reading over the summer is
important, it is also crucial to continue reading even after school
There are many ways to
prevent summer slide. One is to read at least two books over the
summer. These books can be read in small amounts daily or weekly. The
point is not to read a billion books over the summer, but to read in
general. You can start a book and read a few pages a day before bed.
Or you can take your book with you to the park and read under a tree.
If you are going on vacation, you can take your book with you and
read it on the plane or on the car ride. You can read almost
anywhere, as long as you are reading.
If you don’t
have any books at your house it’s very easy to get a hold of books.
You can go to your nearest library and check out a book (but remember
to return it on time, or else you might have to deal with late fees!)
If there is no library near your house, then there might be a Free
Little Library in your neighborhood. Free Little Libraries are small
wooden boxes that look like big bird houses that are spread
throughout the city. Each one has free books that you can take and
read for as long as you like, but the key is, that if you take a
book, you should leave a book for someone else to read. The books in
these Free Little Libraries can be for many different age groups
because anyone can put books into them, so it’s important to take
an adult with you when visiting these Free Little Libraries to make
sure you pick out an age appropriate book.
When school starts in
the Fall, take pride in what you read over the summer and talk with
your teachers about the books that kept your mind busy and engaged.
We’re sure your teachers would love to hear about your favorite
We thought it would be a good idea to suggest a
few good books that we have enjoyed reading and hope you will enjoy
Falk Free Press Reading List:
Where The Mountain
Meets The Moon, by Grace Lin
Harry Potter Series, by J.K
Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Diary of A Wimpy
Kid Series, by Jeff Kinney
Hatchet, by Gary Paulson
The Stars, by Lois Lowry
These are just a few books that we
thought you all might enjoy. But no matter what book you read, the
important thing is that you are reading!