Summer break is more than just fun for children. It also sets their education back – by one full month for the average student. Studies show that reading as few as six books over the summer break will maintain the education they accumulated from the previous school year. More than that will actually enable a student to get ahead.
To that end, the Iowa Department of Education offers a summer reading tool designed to help children find the perfect books to read over their break.
Students can use the "Find a Book, Iowa" tool, which enables students and parents to create personalized reading lists. "Find a Book, Iowa" matches a reader with books that will interest the student and provide the right level of challenge to support reading growth.
When you click here, it will take you to a page where you identify which grade the student is in, as well as whether the student finds reading difficult, easy or somewhere in between. From there, the student will be able to select from a variety of book categories, from adventure to sports.
Then the tool will take the student to a page listing book suggestions, as well as where to purchase the book (and don’t forget you can simply borrow the book from the library!).
It's easy, fun – and it ensures the student won't fall behind during the summer break.
Enjoy your summer. And enjoy the wonders of good books.