When kids choose their own summer reading, it seems obvious that they will read better. Now there is research to prove this.
An experiment begun in the summer of 2013 by University of Rochester medical resident Erin Kelly found that students who chose their own reading for the summer significantly improved their skills.
“It’s a pretty straightforward intervention, but it really seems to help kids,” Kelly said. “They’re much more likely to pick up and read and get excited about a book if it’s something they’re already interested in. … The hurdle is to just get them to open the book in the first place.”
The Rochester School District will use the findings of the study to improve the reading skills of their youngest students. Pre-selected books will be given to K-2 students for summer reading, and they will be able to select 5 more at a book fair.