During the school year, we identify the types of stories and topics children are most interested in and link them to a range of reading levels.
At the end of the school year, we select an assortment of books for children based on what we know about interests and levels.
The student and/or teacher choose from these books to fill a personalized Summer Book Bag. Then we give the bags to the children to take home. Ziplock bags help the books stay safe and dry and make it easy to grab and go at a moment’s notice. This keeps children engaged in reading over the summer with access to high interest books that are matched to reading levels.
I gave book bags to kids last year, and parents reported back to me this year about it. One child read his books to his little sister, several initiated a bed-time reading routine with their parents, and many parents said they’d never seen their kids so excited about summer reading.