What's your take on summer reading programs? We started a summer reading program at my school this year. I've been pretty pleased with the results so far. We open the library from 10:00-12:00 every Tuesday so students can come in, read, and take Accelerated Reader tests. Around 30 students attend each week, which isn't bad for summer.
Some other schools in the district do more with their summer reading programs, like have teachers come in to do various activities with the students, but I'm pretty happy with what we're doing now.
Summer reading programs provide a great way to promote literacy in the summer months. We offer an incentive for students who come in to read in the summer. We put each student's name into a drawing for a prize that we plan to give away when school starts again in August.
If you have a local library system, you might be able to piggy back on their summer reading program as well. Some schools won't allow the building to be open in the summer, but you could reserve a room at the local library a couple times a month or volunteer to help in their children's section and encourage your students to stop by and say hello.
Summer reading programs are just one way to motivate kids to read more.
Does your school have a summer reading program? Tell me about it in the comments!