Stopping the Summer Slide
Having access to books during the summer months is crucial to stopping a downward slide and maintaining the reading skills acquired during the school year. According to Mc-Gill Franzen and Allington (2004), “Too many children spend their summer with no books to read.” Their research cites the necessity of finding novel ways to get books into the hands of children during summer breaks.
The goal of the Books Are Wings Summer Book Party Program is to provide children who have restricted
book access in the summer months, with a choice of books to keep at home and to increase their
motivation to read. These opportunities happen at summer learning programs, recreation camps and summer community events.