Summer reading is critical in preventing summer reading loss. According to the research, children from high and low-income families make similar gains in reading during the academic year. However, children of poverty fall behind in the summer a little more each year, until the difference is huge.

To address summer reading loss, Houston ISD and Kolter Elementary encourage students to participate in summer reading programs. The HISD Summer Reading program, Every Summer Has a Story, challenges students to read a minimum of five books during the summer. Additional information is available on
Library Services Summer Reading website. On the site you will find summer reading lists for grades K-5 and 6-12 and other summer reading programs in Houston, such as the Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program, Half Price Books Summer Reading, Barnes & Noble Summer Reading, myON and much more. By promoting summer reading, we can help all children have a safe and productive summer while preventing summer learning loss.

Schools encourage all parents to read with their child(ren) and talk about books. By doing this you are promoting literacy development.