What is summer slide?

Students who don’t read over summer vacation can lose months of academic progress. Often referred to as summer slide, this summer learning loss is cumulative and disproportionately affects low-income youth. Read more from Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen about how summer reading impacts the reading achievement gap.

How can educators combat summer slide?

Encourage summer reading! Here are some resources to help you get started:

15 Summer Reading Tips to Get (and Keep) Kids Excited About Reading

Donalyn Miller’s 6 Tips for Launching a School-Wide Summer Reading Initiative

Elementary Summer Reading Tips from K-6 Teachers Across the Country

What is a curated collection and how do you decide which titles to include?

Booksource’s curated summer reading collections are comprised of high-interest titles that kids WANT to read. All titles have been hand-picked by our Collection Development team to meet the specific needs of each collection, based on criteria like reading level, subject, content and price. Most importantly, these are always books that engage readers.

What is a Home Resource?

Every summer reading title we offer features a corresponding Home Resource. These free, printable guides feature discussion questions, title-related activities, recommendations for further reading and more.

Since our summer reading solution includes Home Resources, educators can use Title I funds! Title I funds are used to support additional instruction in core academic subjects. This includes summer solutions that extend the regular school year and reinforce skills, with the goal of helping students, specifically low-achieving students, master the curriculum and meet state standards.

Our Home Resources equip parents and guardians with tools to engage and support their children as readers, and can help close the reading achievement gap. To view a sample Home Resource at your grade level, click below:

Do you have specific diversity collections?

All of Booksource’s collections are created with diversity in mind. Every reader deserves books that are mirrors, as well as windows. Diversity includes (but is not limited to) gender, ethnicity, cultural experiences and global perspective.

Read more about how our Collection Development team ensures diversity in every Booksource collection.

I need help selecting the right titles or collections to support my summer reading solution. Can Booksource help?

Yes, we’re happy to help you select the best titles to meet your needs. Call 800.444.0435 to work one-on-one with a literacy and education specialist who can create customized summer reading collections specific to your students and budget.

How do I contact Booksource Customer Care?

Booksource Customer Care is available by email at You can also speak directly to a Customer Care Representative by calling 800.444.0435 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST.